Blind in one eye & issues in the other.

Posted by Melissa Kimbrel-James @mkjames, Tue, Jun 18 11:39pm

I’m hoping some of you can give some helpful tips on how to cope with blindness. Although I have always been clumsy, being blind in one eye (& issues in the other eye) has really made things difficult for me. It sure would be nice to think I would adjust, but it hasn’t happened yet. I have injured myself quite a few times lately & would like to prevent hurting myself. Any ideas, tips, tricks, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Hello @mkjames, welcome to Connect. Thank you for posting this conversation. I'm happy to see that you are all in for learning how to help cope with your vision loss. I found a couple of sites that may share some ideas and suggestions that may be helpful for you.

Learning to Live with One Eye
https://www.dukehealth.org/blog/learning-live-one-eye

An Eye Doctor Tells the Story of His Own Journey Through Vision Loss
https://www.visionaware.org/info/essential-skills-2/vision-rehabilitation-services/other-vision-rehabilitation-professionals/a-doctors-vision-loss/2345

Are you able to share any activity, time or place where you feel you may be prone to injury? I am extra careful at night if I have to get up because my vision is not great. I also wear socks at night so that if I step on something on the floor I can tell the next day ☺

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The local blind society may offer a class in dealing with going blind. I know the one here in my area of Minnesota does.

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@mkjames I think @johnhans has a good suggestion about contacting the local blind society. I see that from your profile you are a native of Florida. I found the following site that may provide some contacts for you.

Florida Division of Blind Services
http://dbs.myflorida.com/

I also found a site with some suggestions for organizing the home that might be helpful.
https://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/home-modification-/12

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The local National Federation of the Blind for Florida is at nfbflorida.org They do have an in state toll free number.

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Man, thank you guys so much! I will definitely be checking out all of your suggestions. What a valuable resource Mayo connect is. ❤️

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@mkjames I also have gone through what you have gone through, I had no vision on my right eye for 5 years and I still partial vision on my left eye. I also found that gadgets such as readers, magnifying glasses, sunglasses, watches, and other tools very helpful from http://www.miamilighthouse.com/.

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@weezy1939 I have NAION in both eyes so have only 10% of my vision. I have accumulated to my lack of vision over the last few months. I have learned nothing is to be left where I can fall over it and all cabinet doors must be closed. I have finally learned to slow down. I can see the best outdoors so am loving the long days. Crowds are the hardest so I have to remind my partner to slow down as he holds my hand and steers me in the right direction.

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