Social Distancing - Don’t Stand so Close to Me
(18 August 2020 12:00 am)
With the introduction of social distancing rules WVS has received a lot of calls from members about how best to conform and still remain independent.
Many of the tools used to keep us apart are visual cues such as markings on the floor, inaccessible signage and eye contact with other people.
Callers have expressed concerns about getting close to people, queuing at shops, linking arms and using public transport. Also questions about using a face mask and touching things. Even with some vision, sticking to social distancing rules is incredibly difficult.....
Beware, E-Scooters are Coming
(17 August 2020 12:00 am)
A recent decision to permit the trialling of rented electric scooters in Birmingham and Coventry has raised a great deal of concern across the local VI community.
Although designed to provide greener travel solutions, the nature of electric vehicles causes problems for people living with sight loss who struggle to hear an approaching vehicle. The fact that e-scooters are small and silent makes them particularly difficult to identify, whilst a proposed top speed of 15.5 mph increases the likelihood of a collision.
Currently, RNIB is asking that.....
TV Licenses for over 75s
(14 July 2020 12:00 am)
Charges for the TV Licence come in on the 1st August 2020 except for those on pension credits or registered severely sight impaired (SSI). Note, people registered sight impaired (SI) do not qualify.
Who will pay from 1 August?
When the rule change comes in, free TV licenses will only be available for over-75s who receive pension credit.
More than three million households will be asked to start paying the £157.50 fee from the 1st August.
TV Licensing will soon be writing directly to over 75s customers with clear guidance, highlighting that no.....
The Sight Test Revolution on the High Street
(9 July 2020 12:00 am)
The last few decades have seen rapid changes in the way UK patients access eye tests. Just 20-30 years ago, the typical visit to a high street optician would include a basic test and, if you were experiencing specific issues with your vision, the optician may have used an ophthalmoscope to examine the back of your eye. In essence, you would not visit an optician unless you were experiencing problems with your sight.
Fortunately, high street sight tests have now been completely revolutionised through technological advances. During a standard visit.....