Ten Myths About Blindness and Sight Loss

Laurel A. Rockefeller

It’s no secret:  I’m low vision.  I have 20/80 vision caused by traumatic brain injury following a car accident at the age of 13.

For the most part, my sight loss is more inconvenient than anything.  As long as you are not asking me to go UP or DOWN, generally my white cane and simple knowledge of my surroundings is enough for me.  The tools I possess — like a talking alarm clock (which speaks British, not American) and a digital magnifer that both enlarges text and changes the color scheme so I can read more easily — generally take care of most of my day to day challenges.

For me, the real danger is mostly in the assumptions other people make about my sight issues — grabbing my body instead of giving me verbal instructions to help me navigate the narrow and distorted visual world I live in.  Here…

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