Former Post Office worker who lost his vision overnight to jump 10,000 ft

13 Feb 2017, 15:18 ... 10_000_ft/


A GLASGOW man who went blind overnight is planning to fall 10,000ft to help others with vision problems.

Imran Akhtar, 39, is planning to take on the gruelling parachute jump for the sight loss charity RNIB in April.

The former post office worker has experienced the trauma of losing his sight, having had retinal detachments in both his eyes as well as glaucoma.

He also has a retinal tear in his right eye, obstructing his central vision.

Imran said: “”Before losing my sight, I was a post office manager for six years,

“I was at work one day and the vision in my eye went, just like that.

“After several surgical procedures I took the decision to leave the post office as I could no longer drive to work.

“With the help of RNIB Scotland, my confidence shot through the roof. “

Thanks to the charity, Imran now works helping others who have experienced sight loss getting to grips with accessibility features in new technology.

He plans to jump from Strathallan airfield in Perthshire on Saturday April 22.

Imran said: “Every day in Scotland, around ten people begin to lose their sight.

“But at present RNIB Scotland can only support one in three people who need its help most, and is very dependent on support from the public.”

“My own feelings about jumping out of a plane from 10,000ft swing wildly from very excited to sheer terror.”

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