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I Am Legally Blind

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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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    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 2 Responses Mar 18

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 1 Response Apr 10

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Likely Caused By My Late Father- I am 22

    and started losing my sight at age 5. My parents were sort of self-absorbed party animals and neither me or my siblings attended school so my loss of vision went undetected for years. I know for certain that the last time I saw my mother's face was when I was 5 and by the time I...
    BlipsieSwag BlipsieSwag 22-25, M a week ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 41-45, M 2 Responses Nov 30, 2013

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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 2 Responses May 31, 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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    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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    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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    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 blind all my life. I use screen readers to access computers and such, and go to a school for the blind.
    devinprater devinprater 18-21, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I had a stoke when I was still in the womb and it took a lot of my vision. I've delt with it ok for most of my life, but about a month ago I started cutting. My vision changes day...
    LateApology LateApology 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 29

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    I wear contacts but my prescription is L:6.0 R.3.5 BLIND AS HEEEEAAALLL *************
    LivinLovinLaughinSomethin LivinLovinLaughinSomethin 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 6

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    Well, I'm going back to the Alabama school for the blind today. I'm so not ready to have to iron my clothes for the week. :-( Its such a boring and tedious task, and they don't...
    devinprater devinprater 18-21, M 1 day ago

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    Sometimes i can't even see that there are words on a sign, let alone what it says. I can't see anything past like three feet its such a pain
    anovasiangel anovasiangel 13-15, F Mar 26

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    I can only see clearly literally 3 inches in front of my eyes. I started wearing glasses in grade 2 and I've always needed them to see anything at a distance clearly. But until my...
    GlassesNancy GlassesNancy 31-35, T 1 Response Mar 26

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    If you have eyes and can see the difference in a sunlit day versus a moonlit night, then you can plainly see the difference in the way this person looks versus the next. I...
    Indari Indari 31-35, M Apr 3

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    Well, only people close to me knows that I wear glasses. Imagine my horror when I had eye infection that lasted for a week, I had to skip work. :p Nope, I don't wear eyeglasses...
    myzunderstood myzunderstood 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 6

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    I had a story here, but I couldn't edit it, so here. . . I am rewriting this. . . I was beyond stressed the first day that posted this entry. My fiances and I are trying to...
    RebekahWriter13 RebekahWriter13 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    Bare with me... this might turn into a novel. My boyfriend and I have been together for almost two years now. It's been a roller coaster of events with his gambling. What makes it...
    evamestanza evamestanza 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    I was a teenager in the early to mid 1980's the time when it felt like HIV was going to be a world wide epidemics you'd see in one of those zombie films. I'm not a perfectly...
    AGothicOdyssey AGothicOdyssey 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 9

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    I am nearsighted & my vision without corrective lenses is really pretty bad. I'm not quite but just about, legally blind without them. I've been wearing glasses since the sixth...
    7t5HATgirl 7t5HATgirl 36-40, F Apr 12

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    I received this from a friend and had to share it. It is an excellent philosophy to live by: The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning...
    GJOFJ3 GJOFJ3 51-55, M 4 Responses Apr 12

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    When a real-life captive falls in love with her captor it is called Stockholm Syndrome. I wrote a song some time ago about this - a veiled excuse to write about submissive...
    sinkingwater sinkingwater 31-35, M 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    Dear You, Just so we're clear there's a reason why you're here you are here so I can have the greatest gift and I'm so glad But just so you know I want you to see how much you...
    mina246 mina246 13-15, F 4 hrs ago

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    The emptiness inflicted, the trouble taken to see through the lies. Is it worth it? The betrayal of a friend, I am the friend. I am who giver. Not taker. The soul is...
    MrFlaymz MrFlaymz 41-45, M 2 hrs ago

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    Never understood these lyrics from Manfred Mann's "Blinded by the light" but love this song: Blinded by the light Revved up like a deuce Another runner in the night Blinded by the...
    dwc294 dwc294 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 13

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    Arrested For An Abduction That NEVER Happened-My mother split from my stepfather after ten years almost 15 years ago. A custody battle ensued. Not between the two of them though...
    DiamondsEldest DiamondsEldest 26-30 Mar 25

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    All Men Saved ? ~ Predestination is the doctrine that God alone is the One who chooses who is saved, that He ordains the means, the time, and the circumstances of salvation and...
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    All Men Saved ? ~ Predestination is the doctrine that God alone is the One who chooses who is saved, that He ordains the means, the time, and the circumstances of salvation and...
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    All Men Saved ? ~ Predestination is the doctrine that God alone is the One who chooses who is saved, that He ordains the means, the time, and the circumstances of salvation and...
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    All Men Saved ? ~ Predestination is the doctrine that God alone is the One who chooses who is saved, that He ordains the means, the time, and the circumstances of salvation and...
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    All Men Saved ? ~ Predestination is the doctrine that God alone is the One who chooses who is saved, that He ordains the means, the time, and the circumstances of salvation and...
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    All Men Saved ? ~ Predestination is the doctrine that God alone is the One who chooses who is saved, that He ordains the means, the time, and the circumstances of salvation and...
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    All Men Saved ? ~ Predestination is the doctrine that God alone is the One who chooses who is saved, that He ordains the means, the time, and the circumstances of salvation and...
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    I dislike tipping, plain and simple. It's not legally required unless a large bill incurs a mandatory 'gratuity fee.' Then again, I'm unsure if a restaurant has the legal right...
    FonderAbsence FonderAbsence 31-35, M Apr 11