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“Forward!” The experience of a new guide dog owner

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7356.171 (Published 20 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:171
  1. Rhiannon Tudor Edwards, senior research fellow in health economics
  1. University of Wales, Bangor

    Diagnosed at Moorfields Eye Hospital at the age of 4 with retinitis pigmentosa and told that I would not see beyond the age of 15, I have been fortunate to reach the age of 35 with some residual peripheral vision. Not many people appreciate that only 18% of people registered blind can see nothing at all. I have never liked the word “blind,” with its negative connotations in everyday terms such as “blind drunk” and “blind ignorance.” In my line of research, even the term “randomised double blind trial” has left me feeling awkward. However, since I have started walking into walls, opening tins of peaches for our rather surprised cat, and putting my two and a half year old daughter in the bath still wearing her socks, I decided it was time to reassess matters.

    Although I have carried a white cane for many years, this has not proved effective in signalling my limited …

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