About three years ago Moses' vision deteriorated significantly due to glaucoma, leaving the 77-year-old retiree virtually blind in his right eye. Finding it hard to recognise faces and see in dim conditions, Moses lost the confidence to go out independently, which affected his community work and social activities.
Moses' wife referred him to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT after attending a falls prevention seminar in 2009. Following a subsequent visit to the Chatswood Low Vision Clinic and a home assessment by an instructor, Moses was offered orientation and mobility strategies to help him get around safely and get his independence back.
The long cane training has helped Moses to resume his busy schedule as a volunteer co-ordinator in Chinese culture for the City of Sydney, which sees him regularly travel across the city for meetings. He's also finding it easier to catch the right bus with the use of a monocular that magnifies distant images, such as bus numbers and shop signs. He has now regained the confidence to go out and socialise with friends.
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