Sudden sight loss stops keen traveller in his tracks but a Leicester-based charity for those with sight loss is helping him find his way once again
- Bhavesh was a keen traveller throughout his youth
- He was diagnosed with an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye aged 25
- His condition deteriorated to the point where he lost all sight in his right eye
Bhavesh can now only see shadows during the day
Sight is something many people take for granted. While scores of people need varying degrees of support with their sight, few could imagine what it would be like to lose their sight entirely.
Uveitis – an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye – began to develop in Bhavesh at the age of 25 caused him to lose all sight in his right eye. During the day, he can only see shadows and, during the hours of darkness, he can see nothing at all.
Before these medical issues took hold, Bhavesh had been an outgoing person and a keen traveller. However, when speaking to Vista’s website, he admits, ‘It was now really daunting to go to unfamiliar places,’ once the condition began affecting his vision.
"Even just a chat made such a difference."
Bhavesh continued to feel restricted by his sudden loss of vision, until he contacted Vista – a charity based in Leicestershire and Rutland, dedicated to improving the lives of people with sight loss – and took advantage of their befriending service which partnered him with a volunteer named Pardeep.
Bhavesh felt restricted and worried by his lack of vision
Bhavesh immediately benefitted from the company. ‘We went for a drink and exchanged ideas and different interests,’ Bhavesh recalls. ‘Even just a chat made such a difference.
‘It has changed the way I live, now that I have someone to help me out whilst travelling,’ Bhavesh continues. ‘He [Pardeep] has given me a lot of encouragement to try out new things.’
A Vital Service
The support from Pardeep has not only benefitted Bhavesh, however. Since the two were paired together, they have begun organising trips and outings with other visually impaired people – ensuring that those who may be struggling with feelings of isolation enjoy the opportunity to socialise with people in a similar situation to themselves.
Commenting on the service itself, Bhavesh is full of praise for the charity’s befriending programme. ‘Vista’s befriending is a vital service,’ he says. It really can change someone’s life.’