Shane Haron is the 2018 Spectacle Wearer of the Year

01 July Closing date

Marion Nolan from Galway has been an NCBI service user for over five decades.

'I first came in contact with the NCBI when I was diagonsed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of 12 and they are like an extension of me really. I have never known full sight. I would have loved to been able to drive and read a book but such is life. I discovered the audio books the charity supply and I love them. I am delighted with the positive changes they are making to the area of technology. The approach the NCBI takes is holistic, which is so important. We are all encouraged and given confidence and this is absolutely vital.'

For more information visit or call 00 353 1 830 7033. Registered charity number 20902.

NCBI are passionate about ensuring that anyone affected by sight loss is given the support and tools they need to live life to the full. Through their rehabilitation training, community supports, counselling services and technology provisions they tackle the isolation that is often experienced by people with sight loss.

For nearly 100 years the charity have been working tirelessly across Ireland to provide a wide range of direct, practical supports. From making sure that a 5 year old child can learn in a mainstream environment; to giving a 19 year old access to the technology they need to complete their college course; and ensuring that a 72 year old farmer with acquired sight loss can listen to an audio version of The Farmers Journal every week.