“I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa,” Chris McCausland says.


‘I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa,’ Chris McCausland says.

CHRIS MCCAUSLAND is a blind comedian who has been blind since he was in his late teens.

The comedian entered the comedy circuit, determined not to let his health condition define him, and has since made a name for himself.

Chris McCausland performed at The Comedy Store after years of touring the country and landing a role as Rudi on CBeebies’ Me Too!, where his character is also blind.

“The show’s creators wanted the character to be blind,” the father-of-one explained.

“However, we all shared the desire to have storylines that weren’t centered on what a blind person couldn’t do.”

Instead, the creative team concentrated on “normal stories involving a blind character.”

Chris told Disability Horizons about his blindness, “My eyesight has deteriorated steadily throughout my entire life, with the majority of it going during my late teens.”

“I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) at a young age, but it has gone by many different names over the years.

“From the dull and generic-sounding macular degeneration to the cool and groovy inverse cone-rod dystrophy,” says the author.

“Decreased night vision” and loss of peripheral (i.e. side) vision are “early symptoms” of the condition, according to the National Eye Institute.

People should expect to lose their vision as the condition worsens.

Retinitis pigmentosa is a “group of rare, genetic disorders that involve the breakdown and loss of cells in the retina,” according to the organization.

The retina, which lines the back of the eyes, is a light-sensitive tissue.

Chris’ vision was described as “a jumble of blurry lights,” so he decided to hire a guide dog at one point.

He explained, “It turns out he wasn’t very good.”

“It was my first dog, so I didn’t really know what to expect.”

“He used to take me wherever he wanted to go and didn’t really listen to me,” Chris joked.

It’s possible he was deaf, which would be ironic.”

He has, on the other hand, had better luck with assistive technology and access software, which he has used for “the past 30 years.”

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He admitted, “My wife is sighted, so that helps a lot.”

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