I have always had issues with my sight.
I wore glasses from the age of 3 right up until last year. For about a year, aged 4 or 5, I had a big plaster over one of my eyes as it was ‘lazy’ or ‘wandering’. Being called Becky meant I got called Specky Becky. Not my favourite nickname!
Glasses meant I could see, without them I would see double of things and they would be come blurred so despite my vanity my glasses gave me clear sight. Oh I am so glad I was able to have my vision corrected in this way .
I have studied hard in my life and needed good vision, I have travelled widely and would have missed some amazing sights. My sight has always been so precious to me. I recall the gorgeous faces of the people I have loved and lost, seeing my children for the first time and each and every day. Such glorious sights.
Yesterday I saw a cherry red poppy poking through our fence as I drove home. Such a simple ordinary sight it bought me so much joy.
In my previous job as a social worker and children’s therapist my sight enabled me to show my compassion, to read a child’s feelings, to see their fears and sadness even when their words hid it. I have been able to convey warmth through eye contact and build significant connections.
Sight is amazing, it is so very useful, it is profoundly moving.
Last year I had lens replacement therapy and now have perfect 20 20 vision my eyes had been deteriorating and I was about to need varifocals and I had been getting very bad headaches. This crystal clear vision is absolutely amazing. I feel very lucky.
Struggling with sight affects so many areas of life. Other people aren’t so lucky.
Did you know 80 per cent of all blindness in the world could be prevented or cured.
That’s over 31 million people,
Most of these people live in the poorest countries in the world and they go blind unnecessarily. Poverty is both a cause and effect of blindness, a cycle is created that can be hard for communities to break out of. SightSavers is an amazing charity that works tirelessly to help cure blindness and fight for the rights of people with visual impairments and disabilities everywhere
A straightforward operations to give someone their sight costs costing £8-£28. Isn’t that amazing? Not much is it? Not really. Not to give someone the ability to see..
Annual doses of antibiotics costing 7p-35p per person. Such a simple solution.
If you’re moved to give someone their sight please visit www.sightsavers.org.uk/donate. It would just be so amazing to know that’s what you did with today.
You really can change lives.
Please support SightSavers .
All the bloggers linked up below are talking about why their sight is important all this week and are sharing their stories on Twitter too at #mysight
If you are moved to join in I would LOVE you share this info and share why your sight matters. Do come and link up if you do.