I'm a counselor who helps coordinate support groups for visually impaired adults. 

Many participants have a condition known as macular degeneration, which makes it difficult for them to distinguish facial features.

I had just been assigned to a new group and was introducing myself. Knowing that many in the group would not be able to see me very well, I jokingly said, "For those of you who can't see me, I've been told that I look like a cross between Paul Newman and Robert Redford."

Immediately one woman called out, "We're not that blind!"