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Group learns real life issues of those suffering from vision loss

Meal time can be a real feast for the senses, but what happens when you take one of those senses away?

Monday some diners in Monroe County experienced a different kind of lunch.

Call it a working lunch, or a learning lunch for these business professionals.

"A big, chance," said Marlin Galdamez, a worker at Visiting Angels Home Health Services. "It's a opportunity to provide better care for the people we care for."

Forty people, all guests of the Center for Vision Loss in Monroe County. Some took a little time for appetizers before the real meal was served.

"There are myths and misconceptions out there and we want to dispel those myths and misconceptions," said Rita Lang, a worker suffering from vision loss.

But there's a catch to this lunch, a blindfold. Because this meal will take place in the dark.

"You're vision is something that you take for granted," said Jennifer Pandolofo, Monroe County Director of Center for Vision Loss. "When you don't have it, it because a little bit scary, especially when you need to do something."

The program is called Lunch in the Shadows, three courses and each table has a guide to help with the meal.

Diners say this eye opening- better yet, eye-closing- experience is more fulfilling than the meal. Just by overcoming obstacles, like the way to hold a knife while cutting chicken or figuring out how much food is on a fork will help them be aware of the struggle for people with real life vision loss.

"It's an awareness, we're hoping people take away an awareness of what it might be like when they are dealing with people who have vision loss," added Pandolofo.

This vision loss only lasted for 30 minutes, but the lessons learned will last a lifetime.

More information on lunch in the shadows or the center for vision loss is available on their website.

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