JRR Tolkien’s great granddaughter, Ruth Tolkien, is the only blind person in the UK to be a competitive fencer. She is currently ranked the 186th best fencer in the country.
A woman used drain cleaner to blind herself, and she says that she is happier than ever after fulfilling lifelong wish of becoming blind.
A blind American man taught himself to navigate using echolocation. His hobbies include hiking and mountain-biking, and he has now trained over 500 students in his ‘tongue-click’ technique.
In 1990, 14-year-old Lisa Reid went permanently blind as the result of a brain tumor. Then one night about 10 years later, she smacked her head on a coffee table as she was bending down to kiss her guide dog goodnight. When she woke up the next morning, 80% of the vision in her left eye had been restored. She celebrated the miracle “by telephoning her mother and reading aloud the health warning on a pack of cigarettes”.
Captain Ivan Castro is the only blind officer serving in the United States Army Special Forces.
There is a blind guy Daniel Kish who can ride his bike in traffic – he’s figured out to use echolocation by clicking his tongue and listening to the echoes. He can tell a building from as far as 1000 feet away, differentiate specific kinds of cars, explore the wilderness by himself, and generally do all kinds of crazy things.
A tooth implanted in the eye can restore sight in blind people.