Poetry in Vision by Sue Harrod


Poetry in Vision is a book of poems inspired through Sue's personal experiences of retinal surgery. Using humour and emotion to provide an insight into coping with poor vision, Sue Harrod tells her story and introduces her book with the following verses:

This book has been written to fund eye research straight away,

All profits after printing costs, to help cure blindness; hooray.

It developed from a recovery period lying face down for 7 days,

After a retinal operation left her in a daze.


Sue wanted to document that experience from the patient perspective,

So dictated to her husband and poetry flowed,  her directive.

Using humour and emotion to describe episodes in her life,

She provides an insight into coping with fast fading sight.

Sue Harrod, author of Poetry in Vision, with Julian Jackson at the charitys garden party

ABOVE: The author, Sue Harrod, plays recorded excerpts from her book to Julian Jackson, recently returned from his Big Blind Walk, at the charity's garden party in July.

The book has been reviewed by Dr Sarah Bell, Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School in Truro:

‘Poetry in Vision’ is a super book, bringing home the importance of family, friends, passions and creativity in life. From stories of Ukranian love songs, mistaken identities and stowaway pants, through to the pleasures of sea swimming, surfing and paddle boarding, Sue’s lively and engaging style makes you smile throughout, yet also manages to capture the quirks and challenges of life with sight loss. Nurturing the spirit of adventure, this book is a must-read for anyone with a curiosity for life, and the many ups, downs and diversions that unfold along the way.

You can listen to Sue reciting some of her poems here:








124 pages, softback priced at £15 and free P&P.

We are grateful to Sue Harrod for donating all the proceeds from the online sales of Poetry in Vision to National Eye Research Centre.