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Wednesday, 15 March, 2023

Being a legally blind journalist – CFJ Alumni Emily Davison

I’m severely sight impaired, otherwise referred to as legally blind, I have no sight in my right eye and very limited sight in my left.

This is due to a congenital condition I have had since birth known as Septo Optic Dysplasia; the condition affects the optic nerves amongst other things.

I also have something called Nystagmus which makes focusing difficult – which can impact my ability to read long pieces of text.

The way I describe my sight is that it’s rather like looking through the porthole of a ship which occasionally gets misted over.

I can’t see very far distances and I only can see what’s in front of me, and what I can see sometimes becomes blurred due to my Nystagmus.

Becoming a journalist was always a long-term goal for me ever since my teenage years when I used to write for my school paper.

Read more at: https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/opinion/letters/23373878.like-legally-blind-journalist/

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