Paul Wallis is an optometrist who has worked with the newly blind his whole career. He trained at Moorfields eye hospital in London thirty five years ago. There he discovered that the medical profession, while great at treating disease, is not so good at dealing with the effects of the disease on the individual.
Paul says: “I have seen thousands of people struggle with the effects of macular degeneration; they are the Cinderella’s of the blind world, left to cope with little counselling or support. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of visual impairment in the developed world; the projected number of people with macular degeneration will be 196 million by 2020, rising to 288 million by 2040. Furthermore, the incidence of macular degeneration is three-times that of dementia.”
“My book ‘Help someone you love who has lost vision to Macular degeneration’ is a genuinely new way of understanding blindness in later life. It will empower people to understand how their vision has altered; how to stop it mentally crippling them and finally how to rise above this challenge to let them carry on living their life with hope not despair.” This is a self help book for carers and an audio book for the visually impaired