I Am Visually Impaired

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 78 People

    I am blind, and have been blind

    since birth, and I'm 13 now. I am very independent and am constantly wanting to learn new skills for life. I use a cane but hope to apply for a guide dog in the not too distant future. People worry especially sighted adults, but blind people ccan manage life just like a sighted...
    feelingfeminine feelingfeminine
    13-15, F
    1 Response Mar 12, 2016

    I have Stargardt disease.

    I have always had issues with my eyes. In elementary school, I was able to see but sometimes put my face close to papers when I read or did schoolwork without realizing it. Around middle school, I sometimes had trouble seeing on the overhead projector. In high school, I wasn't...
    changling20 changling20
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 11, 2014

    My name is Ariel. I am 21

    and married. I have rod cone dystrophy. I have no depth perception and no peripheral vision either. I seen like looking into binoculars while looking up to a foggy sky. I would like to talk and befriend someone close to my age for support and what not. I don't know anyone other...
    deleted deleted
    Apr 20, 2016

    Stuck In A Dark Limbo....

    Well I began losing my vision in 2010, at first its just little things and some readers took care of it. It didn't really surprise me as my whole family is nearsighted. But things got bad in November when I got sick. I was in bed two weeks with nausea vomiting migraines the works...
    MsSands112 MsSands112
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Apr 16, 2012


    Hi, I'm 18 and was diagnosed with Retinopathy of Prematurity, when I was born at 23 weeks, weighing 1lb 3oz. I have a small tunnel of vision in my right eye maybe 10/15% and none in the left, (in fact,I had cosmetic eye surgery done and had a prosthesis fitted for cosmetic...
    Cutey01234 Cutey01234
    18-21, T
    1 Response Jun 30, 2011

    Losing Vision

    I have been working on my BA in elementary education. Last year I noticed that I was bumping into things often. I took a trip to my eye doctor and learned that I have lost almost 80 percent of my periperial vision in my right eye and about twenty percent in my left eye. They do...
    Abriee Abriee
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Jul 24, 2010

    Blind In One Eye. Amd In The Other

      I have been blind in one eye since birth. Not a big deal really! The brain has an amazing gift for compensating. Anyway I have dry amd in my other eye. My night vision getting worse and have been wondering if I should be preparing myself somehow? I love life. God is good...
    deleted deleted
    Apr 27, 2011

    I am also totally blind.

    I was born blind. I use a wide variety of technology to help me in my daily life. I use my iPhone, my Braille Note Apex, a laptop, a Pearl portable scanner, an NLS digital talking book player, and much more. I don't let my blindness hold me back from anything.
    angel199221 angel199221
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 10, 2014

    i was born premature

    and oxygen detached my retinas
    oddballgreen oddballgreen
    41-45, M
    Dec 17, 2015
    PeterSp8 PeterSp8
    46-50, M
    May 16, 2015

    A few weeks ago, I posted this: "I am about to

    undergo an operation on my eyes this week. Please keep me in your thoughts." Unfortunately, the surgery failed and so I have a repeat operation tomorrow, (Monday). If you have any lucky charms, please wear them for me! :) Thank you! xxx
    acollectionofwords acollectionofwords
    26-30, F
    Oct 26, 2014

    Want to know what it feels like seeing with one

    eye? Trying covering your left or you're right eye
    madmex89 madmex89
    26-30, M
    Sep 28, 2014

    Life Through My Eyes

    Firstly, I want to say that all the stories I have read here have made me proud of people, like me, with visual impairments. Everyone has impressed me with their positive attitude and the way they just get on with life regardless. That is exactly how it should be. And that is how...
    acollectionofwords acollectionofwords
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 19, 2013

    I am visually impaired

    because I was diagnosed with an eye condition called Optic nerve hypoplasia.
    ArizonaHidalgoCrowe ArizonaHidalgoCrowe
    18-21, F
    Nov 8, 2015

    My Story In A Nut Shell....

    Hi there, I was diagnosed with diabetic eye disease and retinopathy 10 years ago at the age of 23, due to medication that I was prescribed. The hemerage began all of a sudden while at work, starting with the right eye and a couple of months later the left eye. My life immediately...
    MarianeB MarianeB
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Jun 23, 2013

    Hi my name is hope I'm a 20 year old college

    student who has Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Stargardts) Today, I went to the eye doctor (the same doctor I've had since my diagnoses) today for the first time in a year and a half just for a simple check up. During which I explained to the doctor how I see. He suggested these...
    Hopeloves817 Hopeloves817
    22-25, F
    Sep 16, 2015

    I am about to undergo an operation on my eyes

    this week. Please keep me in your thoughts. Thank you!
    acollectionofwords acollectionofwords
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 20, 2014

    Visual Impairment Forum

    I just created one, you're welcome to check it out. I was frustrated not having a dedicated place to talk about this. visualimpairment.createaforum.com/
    faithrahl faithrahl
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 22, 2013

    Jack's Story

    This is not my own story, but a story I found and I think you should know about. It's written by a guy named Jack (alias) who is going blind and created a blog about it and his life. The one story, that really took my breath away, is called "Exhausted, thankful and still able...
    TommyRun TommyRun
    31-35, M
    Feb 19, 2010

    The Middle

    I was born with only one eye, my left, and it is very weak; I have a small vision field (about a fourth of a normal person’s) severe light sensitivity (I can’t see at all if there’s not enough light and bright light hurts my eye), no depth at all, and I can’t read without...
    arnoldc5 arnoldc5
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 16, 2013

    Dear group, I'm not visually impaired,

    but I love to get your opinion. My name is Bert and I am in my final year of my graphic design education. I specialize in advertisement and came up with the idea to make an advertisement campaign for the visually impaired. Recently I have been experimenting with jokes in an...
    BertLandeloos BertLandeloos
    22-25, M
    1 Response Jan 19, 2016

    I am 25 years old and soon to be 26

    and I have accepted this and I wish nothing but good things. I've experienced a sudden loss of vision when I was 17-19 and I've dealt with the degeneration of my vision for quite some time now. I just had another eye appointment and the only great thing about it was that my eyes...
    orville1990 orville1990
    26-30, M
    Jan 29, 2016

    I lost the vision in my r eye

    when I was 9 yrs old due to a car accident I was in when I was 9 yrs old.
    LAsuperstar LAsuperstar
    70+, F
    Oct 9, 2014

    I have had many questions from people about

    why I don't look at the camera when I take pictures. I have an eye condition called strabismus, it's when your eye muscles are not aligned properly. My eyes switch off which means that I can see two things at once, I've had countless surgeries to try to correct it but so far...
    Amanda3874 Amanda3874
    18-21, F
    Dec 21, 2015

    Is There Anybody Out There,?

    i have been without a job since 2010 since i had a detached retina lost most of my vision in my right eye was off a couple of weeks to heal my eye. Then went back to work in june 2009 later in febuary of 2010 had a tear in left eye was off again the hell of it is i got a letter...
    bfs63 bfs63
    Dec 17, 2011

    It's awful feeling like you have a Scarlett

    Letter attached to your body.. Everywhere you walk, hearing another mumbled expression of how your a ****** human being. And those stares though silent speak volumes, they stab that final wedge into your heart as if to say.. "Take that *****". I'm a human.. I am flawed but so...
    Hopeloves817 Hopeloves817
    22-25, F
    Oct 15, 2015

    Looking For Information To Design Assistive Technology For Visual Impairment

    I am sorry to post on this forum as I know it is about sharing your personal stories, but I am scouring every source I can to get feedback on my questionnaire about visual impairment. I am passionate about designing to help others and if I can in any way design to improve your...
    SophieORourke SophieORourke
    26-30, F
    May 13, 2013
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