Q&A What is it like to have loss of eye sight?
I am partially-sighted and have been all my life. I was born with dominant optical atrophy (Kjers).
I am not blind but my eye sight is very limited. As I have had it all my life, it is something which I have learned to live with.
For anyone who is worried about losing sight, it doesn’t mean the end of fun or a good life. I have travelled and worked on my own in the USA. I lived and studied in Germany and worked on a cruise ship for a few months. I had a career as a librarian and I now write books.
Sure, there are problems and they sometimes seem insurmountable but there are gadgets, friends and help out there to get you where you need to be.
Examples of where I find it hard are when I get the wrong bus because I can’t see the numbers because my phone has died or I’ve forgotten my binoculars or the day I made my husband sandwiches on mouldy bread because I can’t see well enough to tell when food has gone off (my nose isn’t too hot either because of allergies).
I’m definitely not saying it is easy but with a little imagination, a smattering of stubborness, you can do what you need to do.
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