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Visual Impairments: Reading with Retinal Ischemia

Updated: Nov 9, 2022

There are countless types of Blindness in this world. I'll try to share a bit about my own, one step at a time.

The biggest realization I had when I became visually impaired was how much I relied on my vision. Seems like a no brainer, right? But the truth is that I took this beautiful sense for granted, and I know that most Sighted people do.

Retinal Ischemia is a fancy name for Blind Spots caused by dead retinal fibers. I have many of them scattered across my central and peripheral field in both eyes.

The hardest part about it? Besides seeing people with missing limbs and facial features, I can't read books. Not without constant dizziness, migraines, and nausea. And I can forget about small text- actually I think small text should be illegal. No one likes reading that.

One of my favorite things to do with my son is reading his favorite books to him. It's our precious time to get to snuggle, laugh, and think together. I have a really hard time if the text in the books are too small and/or too much. I worry I might miss out as he gets older and he starts enjoying larger novels like Harry Potter.

Recently, my son received some Minecraft graphic novels for his birthday. He loves looking at the pictures and trying to read them. When he asked me to read one to him, my heart sank...

Then, I remembered that I have a magnifier! This magnifier projects the images and the text in his book much larger, so that it's easier for me to read more comfortably. He also has fun with it and loves the big screen and vibrant pictures!

Very thankful for technology and the awesome people that provided it ❤️

Optelec ClearView Go magnifier
Optelec ClearView Go

Coming up, I'll do a full review and comparison of the two magnifiers that I use. Do you have any other reading devices that help you? Please share as a comment!

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