I Am Legally Blind

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 113 People

    Uh Oh, University Blues.

    Hi! So, my name is Melanie, and I'll be turning eighteen years old in thirteen days, which is REALLY exciting. I'm from a very small town in Canada, and I was born missing my left eye, and with 20/400 vision in my right. My parents were always very supportive of me, but I realize...
    unluckythirteen13 unluckythirteen13
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Nov 2, 2012

    Actually, I'm totally blind.

    For those that are wondering, there is a difference. Legally blind, means that you have some vision. Totally blind, well that's sort of self-explanatory isn't it? Anyway, if you have any questions, feel free to message me.
    Elkins91 Elkins91
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Mar 31, 2015

    Frustrating Sometimes

    20 years ago I was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy and told I might lose my sight altogether. Standard treatment at that time was just comprehensive laser treatments over several weeks. It worked for awhile and my sight was pretty good. Although not perfect I could see...
    kenny25 kenny25
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jun 20, 2013

    I'm totally blind and proud of it,

    I hate it when I tell people that I'm totally blind and they ask questions. It's not that I did not like it when you ask questions, I will answer them honestly. It's when you don't text back after I give you the answers to the questions that you ask it when I text you to ask if...
    jimenez230 jimenez230
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 22, 2015

    I Am Blind

    I am blind. Surprised that a blind guy can type? Well I sent my seeing eye dog to typing school and.. Just kidding. While not totally blind I am legally blind and pretty limited in what I can enjoy. In this era of smart phones, tablets etc it is very frustrating to not be...
    Bryn68 Bryn68
    46-50, M
    4 Responses Nov 30, 2013

    Sometimes it's hard to go through life with a

    vision impairment. At times it can be so boring, but I really want people who now others with a vision impairment that there are people out there playing sport and doing amazing things. Just give sport a go, some sports are remade just to suit blind or vision impaired people. Eg...
    blindsporty blindsporty
    18-21, M
    1 Response Oct 10, 2014

    Rp & Pain

    Hello, I am 31 and have had RP for 18 yrs. For the past 2.5 yrs., I've been struggling with abdominal pain and other gut issues. I've gone to many doctors/specialists with no solution as to what my problem is. My current doctor had a thought that it may have some sort of...
    krisalyn krisalyn
    Nov 28, 2012

    Defiant Disabled

    hi everyone. Im Ami. I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa when i was 17. A part of me already knew tho cos my dads completely blind and i was already developing night blindness. Im 23 now and have only recently sought the help i need. I was too ashamed to let anyone in my...
    Violet86 Violet86
    22-25, F
    4 Responses May 31, 2011

    I Am Losing My Sight

    Hello everyone, I happened to find this website by searching "Vision problem support group". I am a 24 year old female and for the past two months my vision has completely declined. I was healthy before, do not smoke, drink alcohol, use any legal, or illegal drugs. I stayed...
    dandg7 dandg7
    5 Responses Jan 1, 2013

    So Proud Of Myself

    last night i went cane training. I have night blindness so it was the first time i was truly dependant on the cane. It was so amazing. I was walking more confidently, knowing that i didnt need to fear falling or tripping over. Im so happy that i didnt even get phased when i...
    Violet86 Violet86
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jun 2, 2011

    Stargardt Disease

    Hiya, im 23 with Stargardt's disease and wanted to share parts of my life story. I had this from childhood, with no treatment that could heal or help the disease. It is a form of macular degeneration in children that starts and doesn't stop. my vision right now is 20/200 in...
    hermislefthand hermislefthand
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Aug 13, 2012

    Being legally blind has defiantly presented

    many challenges in my life but I press on.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Apr 16, 2015

    I began losing my sight about 15 yrs ago due to

    MS. I now see just shadows mostly. I am having a very hard time having my independance put on hold. If i am in a stressful situation (ie crowds or around people im not comfortable with i can not even focus enough to see shadows) My bf is very supportive usually, but sometimes he...
    mary111666 mary111666
    51-55, F
    Feb 10, 2014

    Don't Under estimate The Power Of The Dark Side

    Passengers seated aboard a 737 were surprised to see two blind men with canes walking up the aisle to the cockpit. Thinking it was a joke, the passengers busied themselves with their magazines, IPODs, and various other distractions. They were mildly startled when the plane began...
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Jun 27, 2010

    Being Blind.

    Hello I'm Tara. I'm blind. Yes I know I'm on a computer. It talks what I type to me. Kinda neat. I went blind when I was 16 in a car accident. I was driving and a another car hit me. My airbag in my wheel didn't go off. My eyes where hit so hard it damaged them. Lucky I just had...
    ChattyTara ChattyTara
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Apr 10, 2013

    Going Through Rough Time

    I am 22 years old and legally blind in my left eye . When I was 17 years old I had a retinal detachment that cause almost all my vision gone in that eye . I had been doing good for the past 5 years still happy and not really thinking about being blind in the other eye . But...
    AuburN55 AuburN55
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Jun 25, 2012

    VERY Excited

    i am very happy to finaly find a place where i can really relate to people that have the same problem as i do.  i was born with scaring in my retna. i got because of the becteria that the cats carry. it is called taxoplasmosis ( i think i spelled it wrong). it sucked...
    yessenia89 yessenia89
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Apr 30, 2009

    I've been legally blind

    since 1995 when I was a firefighter trapped in a burning house. I finally got worker's comp to buy me a computer with all the bells and whistles and also a a smartphone (someone is typing this for me). I can't teach myself how to use these, and I haven't found any one who is...
    Integrity60 Integrity60
    Aug 4, 2015

    Pulse! Technology For Blind Pople

    HI everyone!! We are a student group called PULSE and we are developing a gadget with the shape of a bracelet that helps you detect objects at different distances as well as finding your belongs loke your keys or cellphone with the help of a little tag. We are just about to...
    gabryelle gabryelle
    Apr 16, 2013

    I was diagnosed with open angle glaucoma in

    December 2012 when I was 18. For anyone who doesn't know, it's a eye disease that causes blindness. Honestly, I was careless. I was going to get promoted at the job I had, nothing could stop me. Not even my mom who pleaded for me to go to the doctors. 5 months later in May, I...
    morethanmeetstheI morethanmeetstheI
    22-25, M
    1 Response Mar 18, 2014

    My Story

    I was born with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia and Astigmatism, making me legally blind. Since this condition is of the brain, there is no surgery that has been developed to cure it, and if one did evolve, it would be extremely risky to go through with. In school, it was always difficult...
    amcintyre94 amcintyre94
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jun 12, 2013

    Are you a woman aged 18-50

    who is Legally Blind? If so, you are invited to participate in an online survey investigating the eating attitudes of women with a vision impairment. I am a Psychology Honors Student from Sydney, and am also legally blind. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please...
    Lexipage Lexipage
    22-25, F
    May 17, 2015

    Blindness And Darkness Has Blessed Me.

    My name is Luz Marina. I became legally blind not long ago, I have try to start all over again. As been blind I have so much information and see with my mind so many things that I was not able to see before when I have vision.Suffer a stroke about 4 Years ago and lost one eye...
    luzrosenfeld luzrosenfeld
    3 Responses Apr 21, 2011

    I work for a non profit organization

    for the blind. I'm full of resources. I'm willing to help and support. I have never been able to drive. I am completely blind at night. My depth perception is terrible. I have a life long battle with accepting my lack of independence.
    SloaneHoji SloaneHoji
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Jan 6, 2015

    Legally Blind In 1 Eye Blind In The Other.

    I am blind in one eye and legally blind in the other.  It happened about seven yrs ago.  My retna in my left eye detached and I had two surgeries and a Cateract surgery the optical nerve went dead.  So messed up the other eye.  It has been tough and hard to...
    viperdx viperdx
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Mar 4, 2010

    The Blind Girl

    There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend. One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and...
    NarutoShippudenFanGirl NarutoShippudenFanGirl
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 14, 2013

    I used to have a great deal of vision

    but it has decreased over the years. I still have a little vision now. I read and write braille and I also use a cane.
    MsNic1 MsNic1
    22-25, F
    2 Responses May 11, 2015

    Human Powered Commuting

    Hello, We are a group of high school students participating at the Shad Valley Program, which allows highly motivated students to develop engineering and entrepreneurship skills at the University of British Columbia. Part of the program entails creating a product that increase...
    moveo moveo
    Jul 16, 2013

    Harf Life But Makin It

    Ive had eye problems ny whole life. I'm 20/200 in both eyes. ive never worn glasses for a long period of time. i live a lifestyle that isnt compatable with glasses. it really makes life hard always having to compete with people with 20/20 vision
    joshypoo joshypoo
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jul 21, 2012

    You Got A Friend In Me!

    Hello group, my name is Dan W. Miller. I am known in Amarillo Texas as the barefoot blind guy around town, and Counselor Dan at Faith City Ministries where I work fifteen hours a week as a volunteer counselor. I conduct individual counseling sessions, and also Co-facilitate an...
    CounselorDan CounselorDan
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Feb 22, 2013

    I am doing research on accessible prescription

    labels. I am looking for someone that has had firsthand experience about inadvertantly taking the wrong prescription or the wrong dosage due to the inability to read the medicine label. If so, would you be willing to share your story with me?
    winealittle84 winealittle84
    31-35, F
    Mar 11, 2014

    I am a retired female firefighter

    and was left legally blind and severely burned becauseI was trapped in a burning house. I would like to interact with other sight impaired people. Recently a home helper stole over 90k that was left to me when my mother passed, and had been pilfering my pension checks. Workman's...
    Integrity60 Integrity60
    2 Responses Apr 10, 2014

    Leber Congenital Amaurosis Type 6,

    nystagmus, estigmatism, short-sightedness. That's me in a nutshell. From birth, I've had no peripheral vision, no night vision, and what I can see has been messed up by my other ailments. I wear glasses, carry a white cane at all times, and my head is constantly shaking. I'm...
    AsYetNameless AsYetNameless
    16-17, T
    Apr 13, 2016

    i hace been for 17 years now

    and i am now 25 with a son. Does anyone know of any handheld magnifiers or anything to make reading a book to my son do able. I know it sounds silly but i find it hard to find large print childrens books and not reading to him is a bummer
    zombiedd98 zombiedd98
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Feb 12, 2016

    Hello! My name is Janay,

    I'm almost 19 (my birthday is on Friday woopwoop!) and I started losing my vision due to Uveitis when I was around 11. I don't know many people around my age who also have vision issues, so my purpose in posting this is to meet some. So yeah, hello other legally blind persons of...
    JanayElizabeth JanayElizabeth
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Apr 28, 2014

    My first 30 years were filled with adventures.

    But after a traumatic divorce I lost interest in keeping myself well. Besides my professional life being outstanding I was very self-destructive. My career required extensive travel through Asia and North America. During one excursion I found a new love. During our third year...
    Matte201422 Matte201422
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Apr 24, 2014

    I do not come on EP as often

    as I used to but, to my surprise, there are a number of people asking for updates as well as advice on other issues. My last update went into detail about my disability and how I overcame a terrible heartbreak and to encourage people to move on from their own break-ups and other...
    amcintyre94 amcintyre94
    22-25, F
    Jun 25, 2015

    Trust Me,NOT!

    I was 15 when the eye Dr. told my mom, at that point I became invisible to him, that I had genetic macular degeneration. All I heard was blind and could lose what sight I had at any time. At that time all I thought about was the dream of driving was ripped away. I went on with...
    trustmenot trustmenot
    56-60, F
    3 Responses Jun 23, 2013

    This is my first timr doing this

    so I don't know exactly how to start but I will just jump in. When I moved to Massachusetts I got sick. I started to lose my eye sight. I constantly had surgeries. In middle when all the kids we outside playing, I was stuck inside the school or house. I recently had surgery. The...
    AprilRey AprilRey
    18-21, F
    Apr 4, 2016

    I lost almost all of the sight in my right eye

    from tuberculosis when I was young. My hippy parents didn't vaccinate me, and I sure as hell paid for it.
    Franse Franse
    22-25, M
    Jul 18, 2015
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