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I Am Legally Blind

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    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 31-35, M Jun 20, 2013

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    Only One Eye

    I'm only legally blind in my right eye. 20/200, but with 20/20 in my left. I can see fine with both eyes open. My vision in my right eye is absolutely dreadful, though. I was born with a cataract in my right eye as well. I'm not sure if it affects my vision, though.
    chococat159 chococat159 18-21 1 Response Jun 2, 2011

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    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 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 10, 2013

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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 28

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    Albino Blind Kid

    I have Been legally blind all my life. I love to read and as I get older, although I am not that old, it is becoming harder to do so as I would like. Light is really hard on me and sunlight is hard on my entire body. I am a born again Christian. God's grace is always sufficient...
    LurkingFigure LurkingFigure 31-35, F Sep 18, 2012

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    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

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    Been There, Done That, Just Haven't Been Able To See It

    I have been Legally Blind all of my life. I have around 20/400 both eyes. Funny thing is somebody forgot to tell me I was different when I was first growing up. I have Nystagmus in both eyes which is a term to describe fast, uncontrollable movements of the eyes. The term...
    morganonnet2 morganonnet2 51-55, M 2 Responses Aug 24, 2012

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    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 22-25 5 Responses Jan 1, 2013

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    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 Jul 21, 2012

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    Legally Blind In 1 Eye

    I have known numerous blind people having worked at camps for the blind but had good sight myself with glasses until about three years ago when glaases stopped helping my right eye. I now have switched to contacts after wearing glasses all my life but only wear them in my left...
    charliew charliew 36-40, M 3 Responses Jan 30, 2010

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    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 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 24

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    Advice Needed!!!

      Hello!  I am a student at the university at Albany.  I am conducting research but need to clarify a few questions before I proceed with the actual experiment.  I have a questionnaire that I need to give out to blind people but do not know...
    AI178833 AI178833 18-21 1 Response Jun 25, 2009

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    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 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 14, 2013

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    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...
    HANNIBAL8IT HANNIBAL8IT 36-40, M 4 Responses Jun 27, 2010

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    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 22-25 Apr 16, 2013

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    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

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    Scrabble Board Game In Braille

    Hello! I'm not actually blind but a really good friend of mine has a brother that is blind. We all really enjoying playing scrabble and every time we play his brother always tells me several times that he'd really like to have a braille version of the game so that he can play. I...
    marine10 marine10 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 8, 2012

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    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 41-45, M 2 Responses Feb 22, 2013

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    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

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    My Grandson Noah

    I am a grandparent raising our grandson Noah who is totally blind and has been sence birth. My wife and I have been raising Noah sence he was three months old. His mother our daughter ( Christine) passed away in an auto accident when Noah was 3 months old. Noahs ***** doner ( I...
    justoldjoe justoldjoe 56-60, M Apr 18, 2012

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    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 46-50, F Feb 10

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    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 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 12, 2013

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    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 26-30, F Mar 11

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    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 3 Responses May 31, 2011

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    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 3 Responses Nov 30, 2013

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    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 3 Responses Nov 2, 2012

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    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 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 18

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    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

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    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 31-35 Nov 28, 2012

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    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 41-45 3 Responses Apr 21, 2011

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    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 18-21 Jul 16, 2013

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    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 5 Responses Aug 13, 2012

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    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 51-55 Apr 10

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    Born Blind But Now I See

    I was born blind from a stroke I had when my mom had an allergic reaction to a drug the doctors gave her when she was about to give birth. The stroke completely damaged my visual center and I was born completely blind as a result. Somehow through a miracle my brain generated an...
    Starya Starya 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 3, 2012

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    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 51-55, F 2 Responses Jun 23, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    I've been wearing glasses since I was 8 years old. While most of my family wears them as well, most of them can see without them as well as they can with them. My vision, on the...
    BLACKTIGER75 BLACKTIGER75 36-40, M 6 days ago

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    unwilling or unable to understand or have an understanding of: They ended up blind to their children's faults. He was blind to all arguments.Some automobiles involve or are...
    Tysonlk318 Tysonlk318 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 22

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    Think about the sort of temper you'd like. Using a mix of drapes, curtains, scarves and valances in common preparations invitations heat and luxury. Inside Wooden shutters offer...
    Madonnadz Madonnadz 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 22

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    My boss once set me up on a blind date with her niece. I was worried about the implications of such a set-up, but my boss put me in a position where I couldn’t say no and kept...
    rkepley1981 rkepley1981 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 2

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    Well sitting around on this lazy Sunday and I'm naked right now because I don't have anything I have to do or anywhere to go. This takes me back to 2 years ago around this time so...
    goatonicon goatonicon 36-40, M 5 days ago

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    We adopted Mowgli, a beautiful blond long hair daschund from the local animal center. He and our other daschund quickly bonded and were inseparable. We were amazed at how stupid...
    Deedle623 Deedle623 51-55, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Why the **** not? People who think gay people should go to hell can go to hell themselves ********.
    Krystal666 Krystal666 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 6

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    I hate wearing them though
    tootaloo tootaloo 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 23

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    First day of school for the 13 year old step daughter. She is going into the 8th grade this year. While she is in Special Education due to some mild cognitive delays and is now...
    warlords1973 warlords1973 41-45, M 5 Responses Sep 3

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    When I was 2 years old my biological father tried to kill me. He was dragged from my home by police pretending he was attempting to commit suicide so he wouldn't get caught. He...
    Chloesince92 Chloesince92 22-25, F 11 Responses Sep 10

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    Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken is a true story about horse diving and living with the handicap of blindness. The Color Of Friendship is a true story about racism in different...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Sep 10

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    I was born physically disabled. I can do certain things. I also have been learning ways of communication to communicate with others who have other disabilities. I was taught sign...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F 7 hrs ago

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    I promised myself that when I felt that I had truly overcame my disorder, that I would share my story with those that are currently suffering Let me give a little background...
    dnicolee dnicolee 18-21, F Sep 2

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    I took a big chance over an 8-month period and invested incredible energy. It didn't seem to work. I met a woman from Colombia through her sister, residing in my building. I...
    onlymycockisfat onlymycockisfat 41-45, M 9 hrs ago

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    Blinded By The Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
    NaturalSurroundings NaturalSurroundings 26-30, F 2 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I haven't given this a title (maybe you guys can help?). It's my most recent poem... I've only written a couple this year... trying to get back into the swing of things. Life...
    alittlequirky alittlequirky 22-25, F 1 Response 4 hrs ago

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