What is it like to be blind in Sudbury?

Marking World Glaucoma Week in Sudbury - Penny Whitby from Best of Sudbury and Katie Belsey, Amanda Skinner and Will Norman from Wardale Williams guiding each other around the Town. ANL-160313-181020009
Marking World Glaucoma Week in Sudbury - Penny Whitby from Best of Sudbury and Katie Belsey, Amanda Skinner and Will Norman from Wardale Williams guiding each other around the Town. ANL-160313-181020009

To mark World Glaucoma Awareness Week volunteers in Sudbury were blindfolded on Saturday, before having to try to negotiate the many obstacles that blind and visually impaired people face every day.

Pupils from Thomas Gainsborough School were among those that joined the local branch of sight charity Lions International and Will Norman from Sudbury opticians Wardale Williams, who are organised the event.

Marking World Glaucoma Week in Sudbury - Margaret Conway from Lions Club Ipswich guiding Temar Hobtezghi (17) from Thomas Gainsborough School around the Town. ANL-160313-181031009

Marking World Glaucoma Week in Sudbury - Margaret Conway from Lions Club Ipswich guiding Temar Hobtezghi (17) from Thomas Gainsborough School around the Town. ANL-160313-181031009

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness and affects more than 600,000 people in the UK.

Mr Norman said: “Early diagnosis of glaucoma is important as there is treatment available to slow the progression of the disease.”

Marking World Glaucoma Week in Sudbury - Margaret Conway from Lions Club Ipswich guiding Temar Hobtezghi (17) from Thomas Gainsborough School around the Town. ANL-160313-181052009

Marking World Glaucoma Week in Sudbury - Margaret Conway from Lions Club Ipswich guiding Temar Hobtezghi (17) from Thomas Gainsborough School around the Town. ANL-160313-181052009

Marking World Glaucoma Week in Sudbury - Roger Conway from Lions Club Ipswich guiding Cameron Hathaway (18) from Thomas Gainsborough School around the Town, with Simon Daws and his Guide Dog Lennox ANL-160313-181103009

Marking World Glaucoma Week in Sudbury - Roger Conway from Lions Club Ipswich guiding Cameron Hathaway (18) from Thomas Gainsborough School around the Town, with Simon Daws and his Guide Dog Lennox ANL-160313-181103009

Marking World Glaucoma Week in Sudbury -  Temar Hobtezghi (17) from Thomas Gainsborough School with an eye mask. ANL-160313-181131009

Marking World Glaucoma Week in Sudbury - Temar Hobtezghi (17) from Thomas Gainsborough School with an eye mask. ANL-160313-181131009