Vision Australia Wollongong launches See Like Me campaign on White Cain Day

How to apply make-up and use a coffee machine were just some of the activities qualified Vision Australia therapists conducted at an ‘’accessible morning tea’’ event in Wollongong on Friday.

The event was held to celebrate World Sight Day and White Cane Day.

SPEAKERS: Keira MP Ryan Park and Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery attended the See Like Me campaign launch at Vision Australia's Wollongong office on Friday. Picture: Adam McLean

SPEAKERS: Keira MP Ryan Park and Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery attended the See Like Me campaign launch at Vision Australia's Wollongong office on Friday. Picture: Adam McLean

Vision Australia also used the occasion to launch See Like Me, a campaign to showcase the incredible things people are achieving with low vision.

Its Wollongong regional manager Alex Collins said many people will go through life with some deterioration of their eyesight that can be corrected by wearing glasses.

‘’For others, conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts can cause severe vision loss. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop achieving things in life or doing the things you love,’’ she said.

The campaign also includes information about common eye conditions, and how to detect them early.

Ms Collins said contacting Vision Australia early is important.

‘’We recommend you contact us when you feel your glasses are not working, you’re bumping into objects, losing your balance, noticing more glare – you don’t need a GP referral to contact us,’’ she said.

Vision Australia held a number of events across the country to raise awareness of low vision, and white cane use.

It’s estimated there are around 357,000 people who are blind or have low vision in Australia and around 5000 of them use a white cane.

Visit seelikeme.org to read about inspiring people living with, and achieving great things, with low vision.

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