Tennis star set to open St Thomas' Low Vision Day


Posted on Wednesday 9 October 2019
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Paul Ryb

A visually impaired tennis champion will tell people with low vision how he used the latest technology, the support of charities, and sport to succeed after sight loss.

Paul Ryb, 48, who is the vice chair of the Macular Society, won the World Visually Impaired Tennis Championship in 2018. He says: “I had a successful career in banking before I lost my sight in 2007. Getting on top of the technology, with the help of Blind in Business and Macular Society, and being involved with sport motivated me to live and succeed despite my condition.

“I would encourage anyone who has experienced sight loss to come along to the Low Vision Day event at St Thomas’ on Saturday 19 October. “It will be a chance to meet people who have already lived their low vision journey and to surround yourself with positive people and charities who can support you through what can be a very challenging situation.”

Olivia, Paul Ryb’s eldest daughter, 19, said: “The word ‘disabled’ is often used to describe a visually impaired person, like my dad, Paul. However, I have never thought of my dad as disabled.

“Despite being visually impaired, he manages to live an exciting and inspiring life.”

Marek Karas, low vision lead optometrist at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “This is our 13th annual Low Vision Day at St Thomas’. The event is aimed at anyone who has poor eyesight, their friends and relatives.

“There will be a wide range of exhibitors including local and national charities, equipment suppliers and technology companies. People can come along any time to ask questions and find out what is available to support them. There will also be workshops on using technology and leisure activities.”

Low Vision Day will be held on Saturday 19 October, 10am- 2pm in Shepherd Hall, South Wing at St Thomas’ Hospital.

For more information call 07770381758.

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