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'There are obstacles everywhere': What it's really like to be visually impaired

Howell lost his sight three years ago. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Navigating your way through a busy shopping centre or high-street can be a struggle at the best of times, but what about for those who are visually impaired?

One man who lost his sight three years ago says people need to be more aware of the challenges visually impaired people face.

Howell Williams says navigating streets is a challenge.

"There are potential obstacles everywhere. A-boards, bins, lamp-posts, bollards. People put things out in the streets without thinking about people like ourselves. There's a number of times I've almost walked into a cyclist coming towards me."

"There are potential obstacles everywhere." Howell Williams Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

One charity is trying to make it easier - by getting together local groups to highlight so-called street clutter.

There's 107,000 blind and partially sighted people in Wales. Nine in ten of those have collided with obstacles in the streets. It can cause isolation, prevent people from doing day to day tasks such as going to the bank or getting bread and milk from their local shop. It can knock the person's confidence as well as giving them injuries.

– Kirsty James, Royal National Institute of Blind People