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Don't Be Embarrassed, Just Be Their Eyes

Don't Be Embarrassed, Just Be Their Eyes

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It was embarrassing. I was undone. I kept my composure but also kept my voice at a very low volume. I hoped no one could hear us. Most of all, I hoped no one was paying attention to what we were doing and that we weren't making a scene. The last thing I wanted was for people to see her being needy because in fact, she was definitely not needy.

What brought about the anecdote was an evening's adventure to Fisherman's Wharf with my second cousin - who had glaucoma. She had explained that she had it. My interpretation was that her vision was cloudy - period. She still continued to drive, according to her accounts. In fact, she did drive me to some locations and took me sightseeing when I visited The City in order to attend the Accepted Students Reception. But the idea that she had very [continue reading]

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Good article on explaining the social aspects of how loss of vision affects all the parts of a person's life. But more importantly, that there is training and rehabilitation available so low vision people do not become isolated. I'm looking forward to Clint Eastwood's next movie Trouble with the Curve, where he plays a senior who is loosing his eyesight and the ripple effect this has on his life.

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Thanks, Marianne. Sometimes vision loss is gradual, sometimes not. But as we see from this, it's important to start bridging the gap between assumption and SOME degree of knowledge.

Vision loss and even low vision do not mean forever being doomed to a status of being a non-contributing member of society and being valueless. So many of the technological tools we now take for granted are available because of accommodations inventors and manufacturers have created and that also serve the whole public.

Trouble with the Curve. I like the story idea. I'd like to see it!

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