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Topcon partner with Speed of Sight

Speed of Sight

Topcon proudly announced today that they are partnering with the fast growing UK charity Speed of Sight. 

The charity builds and runs purpose-built dual control track cars, which allow people with a broad range of disabilities the chance to get behind the wheel, sometimes for the very first time.

Speed of Sight is run by the multiple Guinness World Record holder Mike Newman. He holds simultaneous land and water speed records and is the only blind person ever to do so.

Mike will be attempting to smash his own record (achieved in 2003) by driving solo at 200mph in a supercar on Wednesday 13th August at Elvington Airfield, York. Mike, who was born blind due to glaucoma, said: “The 200mph barrier has been an ambition of mine ever since I broke the first record over a decade ago. It has been a long and hard wait and now I have a real chance of being the first blind driver to do this. It’s ironic and fantastic that I have found the car to do it in – based six miles from where I grew up.” 

Race car-Speed of Sight

As a global Eye care professionals wileader and technological innovator in the field of ophthalmic instrumentation and imaging systems, Topcon’s range of equipment focuses on prevention of visual impairment and management of the different eye disease. Even with all this technology, some conditions simply cannot be prevented.

ll know that in instances where they have done all they can to make their patients comfortable, it is emotional support and encouragement that is needed. Having a chance to experience something that they never thought would be possible could be the answer to many.

Andrew Yorke, Managing Director of Medical at Topcon GB Ltd commented on the partnership: “We are honoured to be partnering with Speed of Sight. From a personal level, as a driver myself and a petrol head at heart I couldn’t imagine not being able to enjoy the thrill of driving any more. The whole Speed of Sight ethos is truly inspiring and we are very proud to be part of the amazing charitable work that they do.”