Blindness & Visual Impairment Support Group

Blindness is the condition of lacking visual perception due to physiological or psychological factors. This is the group to discuss living with blindness, sharing experiences, and for those that may be facing the prospect of a life without sight. Find support and answers among people who know what you're going through.

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  • kjean345

    Unable to Work

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    I haven't spend a terribly long time with my eyes in this state, and I haven't worked an actual job since it happened. It's now time for me to start, but I'm really unsure if I can do it. It's fast food, where I'll need to be able to make things fast and keep the line of people moving well. I can only look at one thing at a time, such as if I'm making something and focusing on what's in front of...
  • Bernberngirl

    New here

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    Hi,I've been visually impaired for a couple of years now. It has taken me a little time to get used to this. I am adjusting, but I wonder if I am the only one who has experienced loved ones who have a hard time adjusting to the change. I realize my disability is not temporary and that's ok with me. I'm learning to live with it.
  • Noxx

    independence

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    Hi everyone. As someone who is legally blind, the idea of independence looms large for me. I suppose we all rely on someone to one degree or another, but how dependent is too dependent? As caretakers, do you ever feel burdened by the visually impaired person in your life? As a VIP, do you ever chafe at how much you have to rely on someone else? I dislike the thought of being anyone's burden,...
  • deleted_user

    May lose my eye

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    I fought hard for over a year, enduring four surgeries and countless office visits, dilations, b-scans, and angiographies. I;ve had 2 victrectomies, a gas bubble and currently wear a scleral buckle. But today, I found out that my PDR is progressing to the point that I might lose my eye. The eye is ischemic, and worsening NVI is still causing traction on the retina. So my options are do...
  • debas

    eyelids sewn shut

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    I recently had my eyelids sewn mostly shut by eye dr. to allow corneas to heal. Ha anyone else had this don? So far it has been very painful and I will not know if there is damage to my corneas until the stitches are removed which will be in about 2 mtgs.
  • Through my first twelve years of life i was told I would be blind by the time i'm twenty years old. I have multiple diseases cause my terrible eye sight, retinal detachment is a major one, followed by nystagmus, astigmatism, night blindness, and last but not least near sightedness. When i was thirteen a retina speacialist finally help me out a little (i guess you could say) I had scleral buckles...
  • seamus369

    A New Guy Saying Hi.

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    Let's see, have had a vision problem all my life and due to have eyes that weren't the best to start with I'm developing cataracts.At them moment I'm trying to get help to not only see if I can get the surgery I need but also looking into trying to find a way to get back to work.That last one it what's really driving me nuts. I can almost ignore many people not actually believing I have a vision...
  • kjean345

    New To Group

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    Hi. I am a 16 year old in the US, that lost about half of my vision about a month or two ago. There was incident, during which a light-bulb exploded and damaged my eyes. We have been to the doctor, but he can't seem to find how exactly my eyes have been hurt. I can't see light probably anymore and have lost a large portion of my peripheral vision. I had only had my license for six-seven months,...
  • I am currently blind in my right eye and have low vision in my left eye. I have extremely scarred corneas, therefore, I am at risk for losing more or all of my vision in my left eye. Much anxiety constantly worrying about my left eye as I would be totally blind if the eye worsens. This causes a of depression and anxiety. Trying to think more positive and be thankful for what vision I have,...
  • My mom was diagnosed as legally blind 2-3 years ago. I am hoping to get some tips/ideas/advice on helping her cope and giving her some living skills. In addition to her sight - she is also hard of hearing. The computer is the biggest part of her life bc she is disabled and cant work. she has a huge screen but no matter what she does she cant see it very well. She needs some help and so do I. I...
  • I am suffering from corneal abrasion since one week. The pain and redness has gone away but I am stuck with blurred vision. The optometrist whom I consulted gave some dex drops and has healed with my eyes returning back to normal. But this blurred vision is concerning me. I recently read an article about the Lasik treatment for blurred vision and so I am thinking of getting the surgery done from...
  • So I am going blind. Lost one eye sight in a assault... and learned one year after that the other eye has a degenerative disease. The only way I know to cope with the cruel reality it is simply ignoring it, making the best of what is left. But sometimes it gets too hard. So I decided to find support, and here maybe is easy to do it.
  • marybeary47

    sensitive eyes

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    Over the last year or so I have noticed how sensitive my eyes have become to any bright light. It doesn't matter if it is day or night time. I had my eyes examined last year and the doctor didn't say anything was wrong, but if that's true then why does it seem worse? I can't see well at night while driving and I am always looking down and even have to adjust my mirrors so that the vehicle lights...
  • Hopefully I have better luck in this forum. I posted to a similar forum on this site, but apparently, that forum's been dead since last year. Anyways, here's my story. I was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus when I was born (I'm 33 now). The Hydrocephalus caused damage to the optic nerve, and I think that's what caused the Nystagmus.I can see okay, but I just have trouble reading from a distance. (To...
  • deleted_user

    Going blind at 21

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    Hello my name is william, i am 21 years old and i am going to go blind very soon due to glacuoma. i dont know how to handle this so soon. i was unable to go to college, or find work after highschool due to the vision loss, i am just looking for something anything to help me feel better. i am terrified because i never did anything i wanted to in life and i never wiil be able to, i just dont know...