Video first for sight loss simulation

For the first time ever the sight loss sector can show how the world looks through the eyes of people with vision impairment, thanks to a new video from Thomas Pocklington Trust.

The video, produced with assistance from RNIB and Glaucoma UK, focuses on the six most common sight conditions in the UK today: Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Hemianopia, Age-related Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma.

TPT’s Chief Executive Charles Colquhoun said: “This is the first time a video of this kind has been produced. As an organisation, TPT aims to increase awareness and understanding of the needs and aspirations of blind and partially sighted people. Visual impairment varies greatly from person to person and is sometimes difficult to demonstrate what people with the various conditions experience – until now.

He added, “We hope this video will help other businesses and sight loss organisations in their work – whether for staff and volunteer VI awareness training, to educate architects and town planners or engage corporates in campaigns. We are very proud to be leading on this work”.

The 16 minute video shows each of the six conditions, with increasing severity overlaid with a simulation onto moving footage of everyday activity. Each simulation has a narration describing the condition in terms of cause, demographics, impact and any available treatment.

It is available to watch as one continuous video or by selecting a condition or conditions that is most relevant. What do we see? How the world looks to blind and partially sighted people is available on the TPT YouTube channel:

Find out more information about the six common eye conditions on the TPT website:


For further information or images please contact: Penny Wilkinson, Thomas Pocklington Trust,  07974 578 637.


Editors’ notes

About Thomas Pocklington Trust

Thomas Pocklington Trust is a national charity dedicated to enabling and empowering blind and partially sighted people of all ages to live the life they want to lead. We are committed to increasing awareness and understanding of their needs and aspirations, to working with partners and to developing and implementing services which meet these needs to increase independence and improve lives. These include:

  • Acting as an advocate and positive change agent for blind and partially sighted people.
  • Creating opportunities for blind and partially sighted people seeking employment.
  • Enabling opportunities and supporting blind and partially sighted people whilst in and entering education.
  • Facilitating the voice and encouraging self-determination of blind and partially sighted people.
  • Being an effective partner and grant funder based on our knowledge of the sector.


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