Raising awareness of sight loss with 'Dans Le Noir' event

11 October 18

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Image copyright of Dans Le Noir restaurant, London

Eye research charity Fight for Sight is raising awareness of the impact of sight loss and the need for vital eye research funding on World Sight Day through an event at the unique London restaurant Dans Le Noir.

The wine tasting evening, which is sponsored by Vision Direct, will take place in pitch darkness at the Clerkenwell restaurant, where guests will be served by a visually impaired sommelier. The restaurant’s aim is to change people’s preconceived ideas of the world while learning about blindness and disability.

The charity event will be attended by existing and potential supporters for the charity, with guests including Paralympic cyclists Neil and Lora Fachie, who both have sight loss.

Fabio Sutera, sommelier from Dan Le Noir, lost his sight at the age of five after retinal detachment in both eyes. He said “Eighty percent of the information we perceive is through sight but we should not just eat with our eyes, which is why we set up this experience so that people can rediscover their other senses. Not only do people discover a completely new sensory journey, but also a new way to socialise. We’re delighted to support this Fight for Sight event to raise awareness of sight loss.”

Fight for Sight’s Chief Executive Michele Acton said: “We wanted to raise awareness of the experience of sight loss and the need for more research funding and so we’re delighted to work with Dans le Noir to develop this unique experience. There are currently over two million people living with sight loss but only one percent of public grant funding currently goes to eye research. Our focus is on investing in the latest research to bring about the next big scientific breakthrough.”

“We are really pleased to be sponsoring such an exciting event and to be maintaining our fantastic relationship with Fight for Sight”, said Vision Direct’s COO and optometrist, Brendan O’Brien. “It is such an important task to raise awareness of how sight loss affects those who suffer from it, and to remind people that anyone can lose their sight as a result of diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. As well as being a fantastic experience for the guests, this event will definitely make people stop and think about what an impact sight loss can have on people’s day-to-day lives.”