Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?
Posted by littleg on 1/10/2010 at 2:23 AM
Hi! I'm new to the site and wanted to know if there's anyone here who was born blind in one eye and if you'd be interested in sharing your thoughts/stories with me.
I was born 3 months premature and, luckily, was able to have vision in my right eye. The other didn't receive enough oxygen, so I've been blind in my left eye my whole life (I'm 26). I have a small white cloud/cataract covering my pupil in that eye.
Growing up, none of this really bothered me, even as a teenager. But when I was about to graduate college, I had a teacher once tell me that in interviews I should turn my head a certain way so it doesn't appear as if I'm not talking directly to my interviewer. That got me thinking about how others see me. I've noticed that when I'm talking to people who don't know me or are meeting me for the first time, they turn around, as if I'm not talking to them (but of course I am, there's no one behind them!).
I've been very self-concious about my eyes since then, even getting a contact to cover up my cataract, but that recently tore and I'd rather not have to pay for another one! That and I figure I didn't care so much when I was a child, but now that I'm trying to find a job, I don't know how I should go about things, esp. because I'd like to work in the music/arts field (where how you look may matter a bit more than in other fields, unfortunately).
What do you guys think? I've always hated making eye contact with people, and I often look away or down when talking to people. I know I shouldn't care how others see me, but I can't help how I feel sometimes!
Really, I just need to know that I'm not the only one who feels like this! :)
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Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by tmp7525 on 12/18/2014 at 5:42 PM
My name is Tina and I was born 1 week and 6 days early and I was born blind in my left eye I can see out of my right eye but my vision at times is not so great and I think I need glasses for my right eye when I was little they made me wear glasses for my left eye but it never helped it I can see very little out of my left eye but it is blurry I get really bad headaches when I read for too long.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by ksmcdonald on 12/17/2014 at 10:28 AM
Hi, I was born with HPON and I'm 28.... I read this whole thing being able to strongly relate to every single reponse.... my eyes used to be very lazy and it's gotten better over time.... I was born with my optic nerve not fully grown causing it to not connect. I have only light and object vision in my left eye. I can relate to all of this.... my specialist died when I was younger and I have not followed up with this in years. Now I'm stuck in a position of being somewhere where I can't even walk places of take public transportation. We have recently been stationed in Clarksville.... life has always somehow worked and I've become someone amazing since I met my husband in 2007 (two years after graduating high school and turning my self image around). I was so bullied I went through EXTREME depression and self infliction..... In middle school kids were so cruel I purposely fractured my own knee/ankle in hopes not to have to go.
Here I am much older and wiser and extremely proud of how far I've come in life I laugh off my bruises and lack of depth and par. vision..... but this new duty station has me very scared.... due to no way of getting around on my own I can't even really get out to meet people.... most times anyways I would walk or take PT and not reach out to family and friends for help. I'm looking for a specialist now.
God is so good and I'm thankful and grateful for everything I've have and DO count my blessings. I am so overjoyed that I came across this on google. Can we please make a facebook group out of this? It would be a lot easier to be of support for each other and to seek out advice and guidence. With everything going on I will probably forget to keep checking this post.... if anyone makes a group please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by lnpurnell on 11/2/2014 at 6:33 PM
I am 27 years old and was born blind in my right eye since birth. My parents s said that the doctors first thought it was a tumor and I went in for surgery, luckly there was no tumor but my optic nerve didn't grow sufficiently and I also had a congenital cataract.
My left eye was slightly poor and I wore glasses until year 6 of school (12 years old). However since then I didn't require glasses. However my squint was more notocable without wearing my glasses and I got bullied at school.
I got upset a lot when I was younger and I was hard for me to talk to people whilst looking them in the eye and it always knocked my confidence.
Once I finished college (UK college is 16-18) I went to university and was determined to leave the old me behind. I started afresh and I found a new confidence in my life. I made sure I looked at people properly when I spoke to them, made sure I was the most confident person in the room and was open about my eye if someone asked about it. Honselty I didn't want people telling me what I couldnt do in my life because of my eye. As a lot of you know, you are not allowed to fly planes for companies, it is difficult to get a drivers licence and armed forces is not allowed.
Well at university I though "F**k it" and did a hell of a lot of projects, ran events, joined as many societies and tried to introduce myself to as many peolle as possible. I met my first serious girlfriend ( then subsequently broke up) and met my current girlfriend, this made me the man I am today.
I encourage everyone to do this and put yourself outside of your comfort zone. Reset your personality traits and even though you will always have the questions of "is someone thinking about my eye when they talk to me?" You become a more confident person as your disability will have made you a better and more unique person.
-I graduated in 2010.
- Broke two Guinness world records for the longest journey by taxi; driving through 50 countries and circumnavigating the world.
- Was interviewed on BBC world news; facing the camera for an audience of 80 million people.
- Started up my own business that is launching on indiegogo this month.
- Completed 5 hours of flying for my private pilots licence.
- I am doing a TED talk next week about my life and the expedition in front of 1,000 people.
Be rebellious and prove the people who are telling you "No" that they are wrong.
Hope this is an encouragement for anyone out in the interweb.
If you Google 'itsonthemeter' that is our expedition.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by luca1997 on 10/23/2014 at 8:26 PM
Hi everyone. I'm 17 and I am from Uruguay. I was born 2 and a half months early and doctor's gave me too much oxygen and they left me blind in my right eye due to retinal detachment. It feels so good knowing that there are more people out there, with the same problems that I have. Like most of you, I hate making eye contact when I first meet people but once we get to know each other I no longer have that problem. I know how you feel when people look over their shoulder because they think you are talking to someone else (but of course you are not, there's no one behind them!). However, I sometimes forget about being blind because of the way my family and friends treat me, they are really supportive.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by benx24 on 10/21/2014 at 6:10 AM
I was also born 100% blind in my right eye. I forget the reason, but it was some birth defect where the eye didnt grow, i had to have 5 or 6 surgeries when i was little (1-2 yrs old). I am now 24. My eye is blue/grey and cloudy. Ive always been made fun of for it for as long as i can remember. I also have the problem of not wanting to look at anyone directly.. People always ask me what im looking at when im talking to them. When i was little, being made fun of really hurt me. Now, it does to a point but i deal with it, my friends and family see me as a normal person. Since i was born like this, im used to it. Really the only down sides is i cant be in law enforcement (my dream job) or the military. I struggled to find a job where i wouldnt have to look at people, so that was a challenge. Like another member said, it would be nice to know what its like to see out of both eyes and to go see a 3D movie. Relationships are also hard, in todays society, if you have some sort of defect, you appear to others as less desirable, not even because they see you that way, but because of how other people see them for being with you. With that said, i am very thankful for my friends & family, and for the fact that i can at least see out of my left eye, and dont need glasses or contacts.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by jamesc on 10/20/2014 at 7:54 PM
Hi there all, Im 44 years old, from the UK and blind in my right eye,
I thought I would add my eye story here, and would be happy if it helped anyone, with the same for the future.
I was told I was born with a cataract and my lens was removed, I remember going to schoo at 6 years old with an eye patch over my good eye and feeling my way round and trying to read books with huge print, it was awful and shocking.
At 8 I think they had given up on patches and contact lens didn't work and I was fine being blind in one eye upto the age of 11 and primary school.
At main school, I was the subject to some mickey taking, im afraid to say my mum told me to stand up for myself to the bullies, I used to fight on a weekly basis at school and I guess with all the practice I use to win all the fights and end up in trouble with the head teacher nearly all the time, a few years on, no one ever said anything about my wandering eye,
From my eye patch days I decided to keep my blind eye a secret, and never ever speak to anyone ever, as I found if I did, they would straight away look at my eye, which really upset me.
Trying to get a job between after school was a nitemare to say the least, only basic jobs were offered to me and that was a huge struggle, I couldn't hold a stare or look at other peoples eyes, and I actually have nice eyes and when a girl said you have nice eyes, I would think they are taking the mick,
At 21 ish I had a squint operation with a little success, and the jobs got better and had a little more success with women.
At 32 I had a second squint operation at bupa, and this time my eye took months to recovered from redness but it was a major success, the doctor who done it was quiet old and im guessing had done thousands of these operations,
I remember telling the doctor that I hadn't even told my wife of my blindness, which I know is bad, I eventually told my wife, before we had decided to have children, and she said she had never even noticed, which I find strange,
I remember having a sales meeting one day and the guy spotted my squint and said it to me on the spot, I was horrified and left and phoned my dad to talk about it with him. it knocked me back years that day.
The main point of my writing this piece, is to say in my view leave a squint operation as late as you possible can, im not even sure if I could have another one now, but at the moment I still avoid eye contact and get away with people noticing. also I would like to say, my blindness has never held me back, I own a large successful company, which I started at 32 years old, and I live in a huge house, millions in the bank, a collection of supercars and more importantly I have a great wife and 2 great kids who have no eye problems at all. from the outside people don't know, but I get a very depressed about my eyes every so often, this has made me who I am, mainly a risk taker, and im nice to everyone, prob because of a struggle through childhood.
I live in hope that one day I could see out of my right eye, but am told my brain could not react to it if they could do something,
I can count fingers if I shut my good eye.
I hope this helps some who wonder where the future will take them, the blindness has made me a stronger person, and I think my brain is cleverer than most, but I tend to easily get distracted and my English and grammer are awful due to early school days, but my Maths is better than anyone ive ever met.
I have no idea how private messages are sent on hear, but happy to help anyone with any info, and support for the younger ones on here.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Kathy.K on 10/10/2014 at 9:36 PM
I can't even begin to say how comforting it is to know that I can finally meet someone out there who knows what it's like having vision in only one eye. I was also born 3 months premature, retinal detachments in both eyes. And went completely blind in my left eye at age 9. At age 23, I had an acute glaucoma attack in my right eye (good eye). Most of my vision returned but now unable to hold a driver's license. Reading some of your posts, I found myself going "uh huh...exactly!" to some of your feelings about people looking over their shoulder wondering who you're looking at, giving you weird stares, standing next to you but you didn't even see them, etc.
Thanks all for sharing your experiences. We're not alone. =)
24 and blind out of left eye also!Posted by sebejex on 10/3/2014 at 9:13 AM
My name is sebastian. I am 24 years old and also blind out of my left eye. Unlike some other posts , my left eye is 100% blind. No light no shafow nada, i can even directly aim a lazer pointer into my it. Turns out that the optic nerve in my left eye has no blood running through it , its completely dead. Life as a kid was normal until i got to first grade. I had no idea i was different, my parents didnt know i was blind it was a shock for them. I went from doctor to doctor for them to try and figure out what the hell was going on. I had s cat scan done and all of these mris on my brain since they thought i had a brain tumor blocking my vision. But after a couple months , diffferent doctors and tests they determined that my optic never was dead. As a kid and early teen i never thought about it, I was just like the other kids: soccer, taek won do (competetion scrimmages) , skateboard, bike , etc. It really started affecting me later on in highschool, when my eye started going really lazy ; out of nowhere , people would ask like wow what happened? And would be weirded out because it wasnt like that the year before. It was tough on me because i wasnt a pretty boy ( i was a punk rocker) but i always had a girlfriend and even my girlfriend at the time left me because she couldnt stand to look at me. I have never let it get me comletely down ; yes i have had my sad abd depressed weeks or days about it but that was all as a kid. I work as a server at and i have always done sales and its a little tough to be a lazy eyed salesman but i have a ood personality i guess, thats what gets me all the awesome and beautiful women ive been with. I really did not want write such long post but i ended up telling you all bits and pieces of my case, i am really here just to meet other people like me and hopefully one day we can all have a little left eye blind club lol, my personal email is email@example.com, i am a musician , rock n roller and hopeless romantic blind out of his left eye from the capital of the capital of lima peru, currently living in california. Email me with anything maybe we can link up on skype and chat about our experiences
Much love and hope to hear from some of you
Ps: i posted my email since i cant get a hold of some of the other people blind out of their left eye
Re: Anyone have one eye like me? im 14Posted by chloeangel123 on 9/16/2014 at 11:27 AM
marlene.m im 14 and I have one eye I was born like it I just really hope somewhere out there is somebody my age and who has one eye like me then u will know what I go threw at school. is there anyone out there my age and with one eye??????????????????????????
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by seemore330 on 9/3/2014 at 12:00 PM
I could not help but post a reply on this board. I am 68 and blind in my left eye since birth. My other eye is fine. I can see color and some shadows but that is about all. Because the eye has such little vision it was moved from under the bridge of my nose when I was about seven. Unless I tell someone no one knows the left eye is blind. I realize that having vision in one eye is nothing like being blind. I feel so lucky to have one good eye. There is a saying in the bible that he who sees with one eye and sees good see nothing but light. He who sees with two eyes and sees evil sees nothing but darkness. That was told to me by a nun when I was in school and she found out about my eye.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by T.RELL on 7/23/2014 at 5:29 AM
yes i'm blind in one eye my left one ..my mom say i was born that way i'm now 40...my right eye is good but my left eye. i also wore glasses as a kid but it didn't help much the doctor said it's only to protect the one good eye i have. wonders and my kids be like dad are you looking at me or some one else and the tell me that one eye is smaller than the other. i asked my mom why you never got me a disability check for this and she said son i didn't wand you to go all your life thinking you could not be like other kids and be successful in life...but sometimes it can limit your job types and i also strain the one good eye trying to see things or even when i drive day/night sometimes it's a issue for me.. i went to the eye doctor 4 months a go and they prescribed me a pair of nice stylish glasses to protect my one good eye and also help with night driving. some people really don't understand but your limited to some things in life job wise....why we can not be considered for a partial disability check? if i cover my good eye i just see color/light i could not tell you what the object is...everyone have a great day...please respond want your point of view..
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Ms.Ashleigh on 7/11/2014 at 8:05 PM
hi everyone. im new to this site as well. i came across it just randomly googling my situation. Im 25 and i was born blind in my left eye. from what my drs have told me up to this point i was born with a deformed or no optic nerve at all. i remember being younger and wearing an eye patch. they told me it was to streangthen my eye muscle becuase my left eye would wonder. so exactly like most of the stories on here, I can completley relate. I have sever self esteem issues becuase of my eye and growing up. people always think im looking past them and turn around to see something. I hate that, which makes me not want to look people straight in the eye. I have some what adjusted what i do, i only look at people to the right if i can help it, Ive been doing it long enough that most people say they dont notice. But the ones that do notice can be hurtful. Ive had a dr ask me what was wrong with my eye, i told him and he said, well other then that your a pretty girl. Things like that stick with me, ive tried hair styles that cover my eye but then everyone will say, take your hair out of ur eye,either way like thee rest of you ive been called names and made fun of. im still even as an adult accepting it. i had a question, can you qualify for disability with that type of diagnosis ?
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Pelmaproms on 6/30/2014 at 12:45 AM
I know exactly how you feel! I'm born blind in one eye and they don't exactly know how. Anytime I look at people they always look behind them and ask if I'm looking at them and the situations get really awkward!
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by marlene.m on 6/19/2014 at 2:36 AM
Hi im 13 and I am legally blind from my left eye ever since I was born.im afraid to look people in the eye because they say "I cant tell are you look at me or him or they say "are you looking at me".so im afraid to look people in the and im not very confident of my eye im very emotional about it in fact. Please respond if you have any tips for me.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by simon1984 on 6/13/2014 at 8:06 PM
hey all. im 29 years old and i was born blind in my right eye and partially sighted in my left eye. in which wasnt really a problem to me until i reached 11 and started high school. i have a really bad squint in my eye which makes my blind eye look half the size of my good eye. and because i looked different to all the other kids yes you guessed it i was bullied badly by not only boys but even worse by the girls. so to try and be normal i started to cause allot of trouble at both home and school in the hope i would at least atract a friend or 2 in the hope that someone would look behond my problem and maybe feel sorry for me. it sort of went ok until year 9 (13) and when i said to myself why try to impress people when they care nothing for you in the first place so i settled down and got on with my work and then the bullying started again taking my dinner money putting my uniform in the shower during p.e lessons once again i was on my own being bullied beat up after school called names the works. i then joined a blind and partially sighted college in hereford with no qualifications to speak of but i was then in an enviroment with people so much worse off than me i thought hey maybe thing arent as bad as they seem to be i was at college for 4 years and come out with more qualifications than i did of more than 13 years in mainstream come out with a nvq level 2 in sports and recreation and allot of units in ict. also found the love of my life or what i thought was anyway she had worse site in her 2 eyes than i did in my left eye. as we finished college we also went our seprate ways which was heart breaking for me but not her but at the time i was so used to being let down i just brushed it off. now comes the hard part i went to 25 yes 25 job interviews in both gym work and also office work. but no one would take me on due to health and saftey issues so i found my self back at square 1 couldnt find a job no girlfriend no real friends to speak of i wouldnt be invited out for drinks or be seen in public with anyone very very shallow people i guess now i have told you my horror story i have a question of my own. in the last 4 years my blind eye has clouded over its just like a bit of smudged ink. is there anyway that this can be sorted i know i wont see out of it but is there any treatment out there that can fix my lazy eye? ive tried glasses and contacts but they do nothing for me . any input would be greatly appreciated sorry for the long essay haha regards simon x
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by gseehausen on 6/9/2014 at 2:40 PM
I am 52 and was born blind in my right eye. When I was young I ran into things all the time and could not hit a baseball or play tennis. I adjusted over time and can now do most anything a person with normal site can do. So the main concerns I identify with are the social aspects. Things related to the fact that my bad eye does not follow my good eye perfectly. It gets really old seeing people look behind themselves because they think I am talking to someone behind them.
But the main reason I wanted to add a post here is that I have recently started experiencing dizziness when I work at my computer (which my career entails doing so all day long). I'm still trying to determine if this is vision related (like CVS) or posture related (effecting nerves in my neck). But I can't help but think that if it is vision related it may be compounded by having a blind eye. Has anyone else experienced this?
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by jdashra on 6/6/2014 at 7:16 AM
i'm fifteen and i have been blind in my left eye ever since i was born. my normal eye is black while my blind eye is grey with a white line. i never really saw this disability as a burden because i believe that i am lucky to have the ability to see the world even with only an eye. i never got bullied at school for this and a couple of people actually think it's cool. the only disadvantage for me really is not being able to watch 3D movies lol.
But ofcourse i still do sometimes have these thoughts about losing my non-blind eye and get really scared.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Kenzie's Nana on 6/3/2014 at 4:57 AM
I have had poor vision since birth but not discovered until I was 6. When I was 16 I was diagnosed with glaucoma and by the time I reached my mid 40's I had only faint light perception in my left eye and was diagnosed as legally blind in my right. I lost a lot of my peripheral vision starting in my early 30's. At age 44 my ophthalmologist discovered I have a condition called Reigers-Axenfeld Syndrome, which is a rare birth defect and explains why it was never caught and why I had glaucoma at such a young age. I'm 51 years old now and have gone completely blind in my left eye and it now wanders. I am extremely self conscious about it and wear my hair parted on the right so that it will fall over my left eye. I also hate having my picture taken because they usually look pretty weird. Don't even get me started on putting on makeup, especially eyeliner. Like most of you, I avoid eye contact as much as possible. Glad to find all you people hear that I can relate to and can relate to me.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Krina73 on 6/1/2014 at 6:18 AM
Hi there, I'm 41 yrs old and I was born blind in my left wry but that was due to a cataract that wasn't noticed till I was 3. When they found it it gave me a different coloured eye to my right and I was left blind in it, while I was growing up it was terrible as I had no confidence to do certain things as it made me scared and also I used to get bullied aswell and that's because my left eye doesn't stay still when I look at someone, so I understand how you feel especially about 3d movies as my daughter has to suffer because she wants to see 3d with me but as I can't she has to go with someone else in the family which it really hurts. Sometimes I hate what I have been given but then I think I am actually lucky it's only one eye!!
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by happypig on 5/28/2014 at 5:10 PM
I am 52 years old, was born with a cataract and the doctors advised against removing it. that was 1962. wish they had just removed it. sight in my right eye is okay but I gradually noticed more and more that when talking to people who don't know me that they seem to look away or not right at me I think I am looking at them... I think there is some problem with knowing if I am looking directly at another person or slightly to one side or the other, must be because of only having the right eye that has the dominant vision, I can see light and shapes out of the left eye. now I have become kind of self conscious when I have to engage someone in conversation. seems like I was okay from being teens to late 40 's maybe I am just more aware now. I mean I am fine I do not think I have any problem.. its the way other people interact with me that is the concern, I even got to the point that I stand in front of a mirror and try to determine if I am looking straight. lol, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Indian Guy in USA on 5/11/2014 at 7:43 PM
I have read all the replies but I have a different story to tell.
I want each and everyone to read carefully and reply.
I born with no disability. A one happy person who got a shot of an arrow in 1994 in right eye. I was trying to save a child younger than me who were playing with arrows. while a cow gone mad and was coming towards the kid. I tried to save him and the kid in front release the arrow from his bow and I got shot into my right eye.
Since then I am one eye blind and facing many problems in society and among friends.
After my graduation I came into USA on student visa. I studied here and got my degree but after that I am working hard to settle down in USA but there is no way my luck is not giving me any favor.
I am helping my family from here, whatever I earn I spent it for others and still looking for a good and peaceful future.
I have more to tell but readers will not like it. so, keeping it short and ending this story right now.
you can contact me on email@example.com
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by A-- on 5/4/2014 at 9:41 AM
I am 15 and was born blind in my right eye because of morning glory optic nerve where the optic nerve does not connect with the brain. This also created a lazy eye and makes me feel self conscious about how it looks. I had a corrective surgery when I was five and could get one again but don't like needles and stuff. I also have to wear glasses because my left eye does not have the best vision. I really want contacts but my mom won't let me get them because she said my glasses are also for protection. Anyone else have this problem.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by polopol056 on 5/1/2014 at 10:10 PM
HI! This is the first time I've used this site too. I'm only 13 and I was born nearly completely blind in my right eye,but my left eye is fine. My optic nerve in my right eye is supposed to curl up in a swirl, but mine won't close all the way. I know how you feel but not exactly. Every time I talk to someone I feel as if the only thing they can think about is my eye. It is even still fully colored and it moves too. I don't know exactly what caused me to be born that way but I've learned to live with it but I still feel kind of sad that I will never be able to see a wide view. The worst part is how every time someone finds out, they do that " ok, cover your left eye... now how many fingers am I holding up" thing. All they do is remind me of my "disability". I hope you overcome your bad gut feelings because I'm trying to do that as well. Good luck!
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by BenClay on 4/17/2014 at 5:49 PM
I'm 13 in the UK and am blind in my left eye. I have always had it so don't know any different however, I have no depth perception, no peripheral vision past my nose and obviously have to turn my whole head to see things to my left. I am blind due to my Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous and Complete Retinal Detachment and I also have Microphthalmia and a slight squint I'm my left eye. I worry that my blindness will stop me from being able to drive and I often get very frustrated when I walk into things or completely miss a catch or completely miss when we play batminton in PE at school but I don't tell anyone because I am embarrassed to so its nice to know there are other people in my situation. The thing that annoys me most is people taking the mick because I know they are just messing around but it really hurts my feelings when people laugh because I can't see their hand or something or when they cover up my right eye and ask me how many fingers they're holding up. Another thing is that I love Rugby but I'm not allowed to play it because my Doctors say it's too risky but apart from that my life is completely normal.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by mwoodland on 4/2/2014 at 8:09 PM
I had no idea there were so many of us. Because I don't think I've ever met someone in person with this issue. My parents discovered my cataract age 4. I underwent two different cataract removal surgeries. The tried patching, hard contact and nothing brought vision back. The way it has always been described to me is that I never developed the ability to see during the crucial time when vision cements itself. About 8 years later I had to undergo something called a cornea scrape. I just remember that whenever I blinked it felt like someone wiped sandpaper across my eye.
Like many of you I have the problem of people thinking I'm not looking at them. As a teacher it's awful because I either have to start out the first day telling all my students the issue or just wait for "the one" to loudly ask. And there's ALWAYS one. I never knew people could tell until student teaching, because I must have grown up with awesome friends (or terrific liars). I switch between trying to look just off to the side, but it is painful and gives me a headache and is ultimately not something I can maintain.
I'm here to stay abreast of new technologies that might offer sight. Hoping it's possible in my lifetime!!
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by fabulousrhi24 on 3/25/2014 at 11:04 AM
Hello, my name is Rhianna Hughes, and i was born 10 days late. My family have a history of squints, but no blindness. i was born with no sight in my right eye, and perfect vision in my left eye. my optician doesnt think that there is anything that can be done to fix my blind eye, but i was just wondering if anyone else has these problems, or have friends/family members who do!
Thanks so much, Rhianna, age 16, Wales - UK
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by pauluu on 3/14/2014 at 7:57 PM
Hi I have a prosthetic left eye, I am 47 and am very uncomfortable in trying to meet a single woman. It seems after the single woman finds out I have a prosthetic eye she freaks out....so can not seem to get a relationship going any where
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by TiffanyMMartin on 3/11/2014 at 3:14 AM
Oh my! Finding this post has made my life just a little bit easier... I wasn't born premature like some of you, actually I was two weeks late... But my name is Tiffany, I am 25 years old and i was born legally blind in my right eye. I'm kind of speechless after reading all of your stories ... I thought I was going through this alone!
I have myelinated nerve fibers in my right eye. This has produced anisometropia and my best vision activity in my right eye is 2/400 :( ... As my vision activity in my left eye is 20/20. I was diagnosed legally blind in my right eye at just 4 years old.
It really allows me to feel much better about it knowing that there are lots of others out there struggling with the same visual problem!
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by markhylland on 2/20/2014 at 7:16 PM
getinvolved, i love the user name WE ALL NEED TO GET INVOLVED. I previously posted to joanna and encouraged her to google NICOLE ANGELA HYLLAND and to visit her facebook at NICOLE ANGELA HYLLAND......what an inspiration, please share with others and ask them to LIKE her page. TOGETHER we can all make a difference. Mark, Emma, Nicole
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by markhylland on 2/20/2014 at 7:13 PM
Joanna, stay strong......Please google NICOLE ANGELA HYLLAND and visit (LIKE) her facebook page and ask other people to do the same. WE are here to encourage you. Mark, Emma, and Nicole.....TEAM NICOLE!!!
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by JoannaAyy on 2/15/2014 at 7:16 PM
My name is Joanna , I am 19 years old. I was born 4 months prem, and because of that my optic nerve did not devlop on my left eye, causing me not to be able to see. Growing uo i got icked on for bieng well as other people call it " cross eyed " Now that i am in college people seem to understand my circumstances, although at times people think i am talking to someone behind them. I want to be able to drive, but i dont know if that will be a possibilty. My right eye works Ok, although i still have to wear glasses. I am glad im not the only one going thru this, and there are other people like me that I can talk to (:
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by getinvolved on 2/5/2014 at 12:45 AM
I was born blind in my rt. eye, from lack of the nerve connection. Didn't realize it until after age 5. , after an eye appointment. Was teased about the eye off center , off to the rt. when an adolescent. Got the eye moved over through surgery when age 21. Regained a lot of confidence after that. Later, the eye can wander back , if tired, & still experience some people thinking I'm speaking to someone behind them. Left eye is 20-20 still, & I prefer to not label it a disability, as I enjoy the privileges , like driving, etc..I do have to turn my head further , when out sailing, mtn, biking, etc.. I'm very active , all my life. My parents never treated me any differently over it. Just so appreciative I have the full vision in my left eye, & what a close call, considering it could have been so much worse! Sometimes I want people to know about it, as I have had to work harder at some things, like in sports, but I still rarely say anything about it, as I don't have to-they seem unaware of it , or forgetful, as my eyes show no actual damage, & an improvement to my entire appearance resulted when I had the eye moved over. At worst, most might assume it's simply "lazy eye" which can be more common., & not anything to make a big deal out of. I therefore, often forget Myself about it, while taking care to watch my step, or protect my eyes in challenging situations., to my face or eyes. I appreciate the "sharing" thoughts on this subject-very interesting how much we have in common. Must admit-I've grown lazy myself & often don't even bother looking right at faces anymore, everytime.,sometimes figuring Why Bother? I expect others to understand and not pre-judge me, but like w. any other half disability to accommodate me. I've grown tired of "over-compensating",especially having to turn my head way around , which is not always a good thing anyway, if something or someone deserves my attention more anyway. I still have 2 good ears to communicate.which is still more than so many older people have-by a certain age-so many have some kind of inadequacy, by now I mainly just "blend"., and I am thankful I STILL do not have to wear glasses, except for Reading.! I wear sunglasses a LOT, am very sensitive to light & elements, especially w. my lft, good eye, having to also do all the work.. If some expect me to do something I know I can't do because of my blind eye, like some jobs I'd be ineligible to do, and they know me well enough by now to be asking me that-I just tell them to buzz off. I deserve the same respect as anyone else that may even be "hard of hearing", or others w. poor vision that requires vision aides or thick glasses. I'm not going to keep explaining to people either that by now, like other physical setbacks , they should be also aware of the characteristics to look for. In a job interview, I will confidently look the employer in the eye-using my good eye, hoping the blind one somehow Follows. I don't have a problem with living w. the blind eye, if someone else does , thats Their problem, not mine. .
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by alan torres on 1/14/2014 at 10:54 PM
Hi my name is alan torres and i was born also born three months early and i was born with a blind lazy right eye as i was growing up my eye was always facing one way or the other unwillingly and i always got picked on by other kids due to my eye but as i grew up i learned to accept my eye for what it is and now nothing really bothers me because i really started to make fun of it my self cause if you do that nobody can bring you down because your used to it already i have to be careful about what i do because of my eye but i don't let that hold me back. you can do anything that you want to as long as you set your mind to it don't give up on anything you can do it
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by sparkiecat on 1/11/2014 at 1:13 PM
I was born three months too early back in 1980 - given too much oxygen and ended up with ROP severely in one eye. Thankfully, I have one "good" eye (my right one). My left eye, I could only see peripherally from until last year, when the retina detached.
I had a vitrectomy and laser, but it only lasted three months until the retina shrank and detached again. So my sight in my left eye is pretty much limited to light and some color. I also had a cataract on that eye. You couldn't see it just looking at me, but it would show up in photos as a big red reflection!
Of course, my left eye has always done its own thing. It moves off a bit when I'm looking at people, and so I subconsciously make limited eye contact. I don't even know that I'm *not* doing it. Oddly enough, the eye goes off in a way that's more noticeable after I've been reading.
Anyway, due to the eye issues, my doctor always advised me not to do sports, so I've been more of an introvert. But that's fine too :) Just wanted to let you know that you're not alone and to stay strong!
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Noellesuzanne on 12/29/2013 at 3:16 AM
I was born with amblyopia and at four days old had my cataract removed from my right eye which resulted in my pupil being cut in half. I was then patched for many years to try and gain some vision but I still have 10/500 vision in that eye. I also have slight lazy eye and was also diagnosed with glaucoma about 6 years ago. I'm 18 and it really hasn't affected me too much. I do fine in school and have always played sports, despite my poor depth perception. The only bad thing is not being able to watch 3D movies haha. I never really knew so many other people have such a similar problem. All I have to say is that being confident and not letting something like this affect you is the best way to be.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Michael Camelot on 12/11/2013 at 1:32 PM
I was born with my left eye pararlyzed and back in the 1950s back then they would not operate on an infant unless it was life or death. I was operated on at 18 months, but it was too late for my eye. At least it is straightned out but wanders sometimes. I bump into things, and do not like to drive in parking garages or tunnels. I had a boss make fun of me in front of a group of people, so I filed an EEO complaint and got him fired. I live a pretty normal life, except I have had a lot of car accidents, so I drive a Cadillac to protect me now. I don't like to make eye contact, but realized that is just one of the things you have to do. Everyone has some sort of ailiment, mine is my vision. I would have liked to have been in the military but that was not an option.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by CountryBuck on 12/10/2013 at 7:20 PM
I was born with a condidtion and i dont know the name of it but my right eye is strong but my left eye is weak, i can still see out of it but its sorta black and fuzzy. Also i have a blind spot that if im looking a certain way spmething in my vision dissapears and its in both eyes. The doctors said it shouldve been fixed when i was 8 but now im 15 and they say its no good. They also said when i get older i would go blind in that eye and i still use it but i cant see detail so i use my right eye for detail. No one has asked me before why i have to strain to look at things at times and i do wear prescription glasses and the lenses are the same in both lenses. It doesnt disable me much because i can still drive (Dont work i drive leagally and only drive short roads out in the country by myself, i mean whos gonna get mad at me for goin to feed my cattle) anyways i do have eye problems but i havent done that eye patch treatment that the doctors told me to do because i fugured out it didnt work for me so ya. well thats all i can talk about have a nice day. :)
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by daynadvs on 10/28/2013 at 6:46 PM
Wow! I'm so impressed with all of the diverse situations on here! I was born 10 days early and was missing about 1mm of optic nerve in Left eye. Yes, it's lazy too! I'm now 42. I've had several surgeries to attempt to correct muscle so it would follow better....no luck, just wasted money. Like most of you, I endured quite a bit of teasing in childhood. As an adult, I still have the occasional double take or staring at my eye. I get asked a lot if I'm looking at them, or are you talking to me. This is easier to accept as you are older, as most folks are truly curious with no malice at all........but childhood drama tends to hang around in the emotional baggage area. Just as with many of you, the headaches behind the eye get incredibly overwhelming sometimes. Also long hours on computer, tv or even reading seem to cause some kind of undue stress and usually will trigger headaches. I do drive and have a cheat that helps me reduce my blind spot. I drive with my window cracked a bit so I can hear the airflow change when another vehicle moves into my ridiculous blind spot. It's been effective for me, only had one accident that was my fault changing lanes since I started driving. Hope this helps someone else. Many blessings to all of you.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by DanielAlmquist8 on 10/14/2013 at 7:26 PM
I was born with partial blindness in my right eye. I have difficulty blinking or closing it so I have to do it manually.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Lynton on 10/11/2013 at 2:38 PM
I'm glad I found this site. I think I am going to echo the words of many who posted previously on this subject. I'm so glad its not just me having to put up with some of the
oddities of single eye vision!
I'm from the UK and was born about 3 months premature in the very early 70's which left me with only pretty useless peripheral vision in my right eye and very poor vision in my left.
I Cannot drive a vehicle of any kind as I cannot read number plate at anywhere near the required distance and road signs are a problem as well!
I find it difficult to judge distance properly and of course have a blind side to my right.
When I was born, although I spent considerable time in an incubator nobody knew anything was really wrong with my eyes until my mum noticed how close to my left eye I held my toys plus I had a squinty right eye.
When I was about 4 years old to correct the squint I remember being fitted up with a patch over my left eye in order to "strengthen" my right eye!
Suffice to say that was a disaster and didn't last long because I just ended up crashing into everything.
It wasn't until I was a bit older did it become obvious just how limited my right eye was and I rememember undergoing lots of tests at a hospital in London. This was at a time when I was able to better communicate what I was or wasn't able to see.
Before I started school the doctors recommended I be sent to a school with extra facilities for the blind but my parents were not having any of that and wanted to give me a chance at a regular school.
The only things I had to do different to other pupils was sit right at the front of the class so I could read the chalk board and avoid sports where a hard ball was used. Eg. Cricket :-)
I was quite shy at school and even now to be honest as people who don't know me tend look over their shoulder
to see who I am talking to due to my squinty eyes. This makes me tend to look toward the ground when talking to
new people. With friends its not an issue because I have explained everything to them long ago.
This situation would obviously be a bit awkward in a job interview so fortunately my employment started as a function of who I knew at that time. Though the guy who basically got me my job is sadly no longer with us I will always be eternally grateful for what he did. I honestly think without him I wouldn't be doing the job I love right now.
I work as an IT Network Administrator day in and day out.
I sometimes struggle seeing small text but usually I just get on with it.
Sometimes I think I cope better than more able sighted people because of course the job involves staring
at a screen all day at close proximity which suits my eyes fine!
I have my screen resolution set lower than the average person and have my face closer to the screen but it works
for me so who cares.
I find it difficult to recognise people at even quite small distances so much so my friends and colleagues at work sometimes joke about it in a nice way of course :-)
This kind of problem is made much worse if the room is very well lit.
In 2000 my optician noticed the start of a cataract on the right eye but at that time it didn't affect the useless peripheral vision in that eye so I never bothered about it.
Some years later at the age of about 35 I noticed the peripheral vision changing on my right eye and it
becoming extremely sensitive to light so I went back to the optitican who referrred me to a surgeon.
Eventually I had a cataract operation on that eye.
During the operation I remember the surgeon getting annoyed because I apparently wasn't keeping my eyes still. I later learned I have a thing called 'Nystagmus' so that was the reason for that.
I also wasn't able to keep looking straight with my left eye due to a squint.
During the operation the lens capsule in my right eye basically fell apart so no plastic lens was put back in.
I now use a strong contact lens to give a feeling of balance although of course the vision is still useless.
Unfortunately since the operation I get bright flashes and streaks sveral times a day but the surgeons tell
me there is not a lot that can be done about that.
As of a few months ago my optician noticed I had 'narrow angles' and was concerned about me getting closed angle Glaucoma in my 'good' left eye. I almost immediately had that lasered to hopefully solve that problem. The optician was also concerned about some loss of some vision in my left eye during a vision field test so I am going for a full field test next week.
I have cataract forming on my left eye which is slowly making life more difficult especially reading small print even close up. I'm also finding my night vision isn't as good as it once was and my pupils take longer to adjust to changes in light levels. All those things might be caused by the developing cataract maybe.
When the time comes for me to have an operation on that eye I am just hoping the lens capsule doesn't give up on me.
Anyway thats my story.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Kip on 10/3/2013 at 1:14 AM
I never thought I would be part of this organization. I don't know
if I will feel welcome here. I believe this is a great site for
people to share their points of view and their experiences.
The reason why I am here is my concern on the insensitivity
level of dialogue we hear everyday.
I have two things in my mind. First, how will you feel if
you overhear someone saying "Are you blind?" to
another who seems to be careless? A person using
"Are you blind?" would say he or she was not referring
to blind people but rather to a specific person. Is this
person right or wrong? Second, there is an idiom "turn a
blind eye (to something)" meaning seeing a bad behavior
and pretending not seeing it. Yet again, a person using
that idiom would say he or she is not referring to you guys
but to anybody who avoid being a whistle blower.
Does it sound right to you?
I will try my best to check this thread every third day. Thank you.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Liebendorfer on 10/2/2013 at 7:01 PM
Hey, I can't believe I never thought to Google this. I'm 55 and have been blind in my right eye since birth. I was born two weeks but don't think that had much to do with it. When I was about 10 my parents had a "work-up" done on my blind eye at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and they found that the blindness was caused by the fact that the capillaries that feed the optic nerve for my right eye never fully developed so the optic nerve is deprived of blood. Well, at least that's what they said in the mid-1960s. I now have a cataract in my blind eye which isn't particularly obvious. My eyes have never 100% tracked together and particuarly when I am very tired (or under the influence of alcohol or other things) my blind eye is even more lazy than normal. My blind eye is somewhat responsive to light so I think that's why it does track to some extent with my good eye. When I was a kid I sometimes got asked if I was cross-eyed, and as an adolescent I was extremely self-conscious about it. Otherwise I've never particularly felt held back by it except for the fact that in some sports that require hand-eye coordination with bats/rackets and/or balls I was never very good. As a kid in particular this was very frustrating because I was otherwise pretty coordinated. There have been times when I notice people looking at my eyes but I guess I have been fairly fortunate in that my eyes do track together to some extent. I think it may have gotten less noticeable as I matured into adulthood and beyond, or maybe I just care less.
There is one thing that now, at the age of 55, has become very frustrating. Up until my early 40s I had excellent vision in my sighted eye. Then I started needing readers as my close-up vision started to go, but at least my distance vision was still very good. However, now in my mid-50s my distance vision in my sighted eye has really started to deteriorate (seemingly rapidly to me) and so I need glasses for driving and seeing far, etc. (Strangely, my close-up vision has gotten better as my distance vision has degenerated). Anyway, my optomitrist seems unable to come up with a prescription that gives me clear vision. I am wondering if this is because his equipment that he uses to adjust for the prescription is based on a stereoscopic model. No matter how many adjustments he makes it is always somewhat blurry. He says it is because my eye can't focus because I don't have the other eye to focus with. This seems lame to me. If I can look through a telescope and binoculars and manage to find an in-focus setting using just one eye, why can't they prescribe me a pair of glasses that does just the same thing. Shouldn't they be able to do that? Anyone?
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by darkeingel on 9/29/2013 at 1:38 AM
so glad i found this site. im MC 25 yrs. old, i've been blind in my right eye since i was 3.i know the feeling when someone's looking at you bec. of your eye especially children..now i know that im not alone in this world.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Chibilover00 on 9/16/2013 at 7:05 PM
Hah yea IK how you feel! I'm 20/240 in my left eye and 20/40 and my right eye and I have had eye problems since birth. My life is hard for me. It has all was has been in school also when we do MAP testing they all ways have to make the screen bigger for me!! So I feel your pain!
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by humble_T on 6/19/2013 at 9:29 PM
My my, it feels SO good to see proof that there are others like me... My name is Tessa, I am 18 years old, and I was born with a cataract in my right eye. It was first discovered when I began walking/crawling and would run into things on my right side and I would often be showing off small cuts and bruises. when I had the cataract removed, around 1 and a half years old, I was left with nearly no vision in my right eye. Multiple efforts were made to strengthen my eye's vision, but nothing succeeded... eye patches worn on my good eye(which I periodically pulled up in the corner so I could watch TV or see where I was going as a toddler) contact lenses, (the horrible memories I have of being restrained by multiple adults on a flat surface while they attempted to insert the lens) and many surgeries. After my last surgery, of having a permanent lens put in, my right eye magically turned green (they had both been blue before). So ever since then I have had one green, one blue eye. my blind eye is lazy, and only somewhat follows the other one, and often I can see that other's notice... I try to be patient when explaining to them that I have vision in only my right eye, and yes, I am looking at them when I talk to them, and NO, I can not see how many fingers you are holding up if I close my good eye... that would defeat the title of my right eye. but I do understand the wonder and curiosity others naturally have when they come across someone like us... I can't even express how nice it is to know I'm not the only one who feels like this :)
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Zinzan on 6/16/2013 at 11:44 PM
Hi there Im 37 and born with no sight in left eye, I read all these comment and think yup thats me, I was tormented as a kid, got all the names, but i could run fast and loved sport. Truthfully today I rarely care what anyone thinks, of the way i look, I've heard it all why dont you get a patch or more surgery or wear a leans but i aint a supermodel and my i find my gappy teeth even after having braces is a good distraction for people to notice hahah and quite frankly I wouldnt want to change a thing and yes people havent employed me, i have bruises all over my left side from bumping into everything lol i blame it on being a Sagittarius, I have scoliosis from turning one way my l life and my back always hurts, driving at night light from other cars hurts and my depth perception from 3 to 12 feet is non existing cant tell you how many times ive gone to put the coffee cup on the table while on couch and it has landed on the floor as im too busy glaring at the computer, I break so many cups and glasses my partner laughs and just shakes his head, and my head is always hitting something. Slightly funny embrassing moments always happen once i was givin a glass of red wine by an ex's father as he preceeded to tell me about his new carpet, i reach out to put the glass on the table and as i was nervous, i didnt touch the table first, i would normally always touch a table first and then place the glass but i didnt and missed the table, the white carpet looks a little red ops needless to say that relationship didnt last long! When i was younger i played lots of sport and this all helped greatly use it or lose it, althought i did end up in hospital more than most when I wasnt concentrating and balls would knock me out, or leave me with concussion.
I have one eye and that i am grateful for, I do get jobs im outdoorsy, and loves horses and made a career with them, i laugh at my bruises, I treat my back with the bestest chiro and docter, I drive at night and I bloody ride horses at speed at large obstatcles, and stuff it up alot and poles come down, I look after my good eye, i wear sunnies on a clouldy day and sometimes indoors to protect my good eye, its not rude,
I have NEVER have looked up for others who are the same i dont want or need sythpathy i actually just want to be a better horse rider and decided i might learnt from anyone in the same boat and how they manage to see depth better I laugh not at all you beautiful people but at me as Im like these many peolpe in messge board as sometimes im very hard on myself and this shows that there are lotsa people out there who are the same they all have stories and strugglies. plus losing your sight and being born with no sight are not the same, adaption can take from 3 to 12 months if a person loses there sight after having binocular vision they adapt well but if you never had it, you dont adapt, as, what do you adapt to? you know no different, when riding i need to walk my course i need to have ground cues. I worked very hard to prove myself, one cos im a woman (funny) but two because humans use eye contact to trust and love and we tend not to look at people in the eye so we are ofter mistaken as mistrustful or arrogant and so we prove our loyalty in other ways, I worked so hard in my 20 i so wanted people to like me, i become a teacher and a coach and i stood up in front of classrooms and gave lecutures, my students gave me confidence but as society demands have change they also ripped every ounce of confidence away from me, and so did some of my peers, they hated the fact that i was so dedicated, and different, i was always blamed if thing went wrong not the pretty stunning coaches who were so fake and fail students and let the students blame it on me. I gave everything to others and they wanted more cos i just wanted to be accepted all the time, so wouldnt fight back wouldnt complain. that was the turning point for me
Now in my thirties i do things for me only me, i still work bloody , i just surround myself with better people, and do the things i love. Life is tough enough its just a little tougher for us but i think we are all better people for it.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by mbnays on 6/5/2013 at 8:29 AM
Yes I'm too suffering from a same problem. I cannot see from my right eye and dont know if its from the time of birth coz I've had an operation(even I don't remember) when I was very small and doctor said that something wrong went during operation. I dont even know how I got my one eye blind. Now my right eye is smaller than my left eye and whenever I talk to anyone,I couldnot stare at them even for a while. I feel kinda creepy. Whenever I sit alone, this thing strikes me that how unlucky I,m. Is there any solution to this?? waiting for your reply..dont wanna live like this anymore
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by hopeforall on 5/18/2013 at 4:05 PM
My name is Nuria and I am 27 years old. Like many here I am so thankful for this blog post because I have found people who I can relate to. I am also partially blind, I lost my vision on my right eye when I turned 8 years old. I was poked with a scissor and because of that incident I was operated three times. After the surgeries my right eye began shrinking and also developed a greenish/blue cloud completely discoloring my right eye.
Luckily as a child and teenager I never had problems, people never made fun of me and I never had to wear an eye contact.
But I went to college that is when I started becoming more and more self conscious about my eye. I also became very timid and made very little connections with people to avoid eye contact. Despite my insecurities I still kept pushing myself and was able to do well in college and graduate successfully. I am currently wearing a scleral prosthetic over my right eye and it does help a lot. My right eye has a little bit of movement but the prosthetic is still very noticeable, and I can see the reaction on people's faces.
If you would like to cover the blind eye a scleral shell is a great option, and many insurances cover the cost, find an ocularist in your area. It is noticeable but at least it looks decent and presentable when you are interviewing for a job.
Well all in all I know that it is a challenge that we have to face every day but we have to keep on going. We just have to prove ourselves even more to people. We must show everyone that even though we are partially blind we can still do great things.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by RTacderas on 5/15/2013 at 11:19 AM
I am so glad I came across this site. :) I was born 3 months early, my twin brother did not make it.
I have to wear a contact in my left eye and am technically blind in my right.
My first eye doctor told my father when I was about 4 or 5 that the sight would eventually return but it didn't. My second primary eye doctor said that there is scaring on the back of the retina so I can't regain my vision in my right eye.
It has always been like this so I don't really have a problem except when trying to look straight at a camera or when I have to use the stairs I take more time going down them than most lol. I read people's posts about their eye being cloudy or the pupil being white. mine is not like that. It er you can kinda tell that there is no response in the pupil though it's like if you had a dead light bulb next to a working one lol. That's the best way I can describe it. The eye muscle is very weak compared to my left eye.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by unknownteen on 4/15/2013 at 1:02 AM
i was born with congenital retina detachment. i've been blind since i could remember. it's not actually a pain in the ass. i actually see myself lucky since atleast i could see unlike somethat are fully blind. there are only two things that bothers me and its that my head is always tilted so i look weird and that i had to explain to every single person again and again. i didn't mind the questions its just that its annoying that i have to explain 3 times to one single person. i don't really care about what other people think about me. so being blind in one eye is not much of a big deal for me. there were times i woud wear an eyepatch at the mall or whereever. atleast our disability gives an excuse to wear an eyepatch(?).
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by hannah013101 on 4/3/2013 at 3:27 PM
I was born half-blind in my right eye and I honestly thought that I was alone. I'm only 12 years old and I'm adopted, so the doctors office is hell. I wish that I could have a little vision in my eye, then I might have a better chance of getting a good job when I grow up. I used to want to be a forensic scientist, but you can't work for the government being half-blind. So now I am trying to be a writer or an artist (possibly a book critic,if I have to).
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Chris Garza on 4/2/2013 at 5:37 PM
Hello Everyone, I'm glad to know i'm not alone like many of you. I am 25 years old and I have read many of your stories and felt many of the same things you have. The hardest part was getting teased in Middle school and High School by ignorant people. Unfortunately it made me very self conscious and I began to look away from people as I talked to them and I felt ashamed and uncomfortable for doing it. As I got older I noticed that when i'm at work or interviewing eye contact is very important especially in the Corporate world, which I currently work in I.T as a Network Admin. I would have to say that once I was 22 years old I got over my insecurities and over my eye. I began making eye contact with everyone I met and interviewed with including the people I worked with. Every time I made eye contact at my interviews I felt very good about it and 99% of the time I got the job. Most of all I was proud of myself for accepting my disability and feeling free and unashamed, I felt normal. I also was very upfront to my girlfriend when I met her and let her know about my problem and she was very accepting and (EXTREMELY Beautiful) and understood my issue so I had no fear in looking her directly in her eyes and I promise you she's never looked at me different or ever made me feel uncomfortable. I just figured either she is going to love me for who I am or leave so why not just get it out in the open now. We are now happily married and have a beautiful baby boy. I am currently a network admin at a very large company that is known and requires much interaction with almost everyone. I am happy. The only times I find anything difficult would have to be the times when there is a bright light to my left which is my good eye for some reason I get a slight headache when there's darkness on one side of my cubicle which is my right and a bright window to my left. I used to play Call of Duty Alot!! and a bunch of PC games and never had any issues when it came to eye strain. I only wonder now, if as we get older does all the stress going to one eye eventually cause blindness in our good eye?
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Litoflow on 3/22/2013 at 4:32 AM
I was born without sight in my left eye it looks like a normal eye but I cant see its all blury it hurts not knowing how it feels to look from a left eye im just 16 and the doctor said I cant do nothing about it I shave but need help from my father to shave my left side of the face its hard and is geting even worse I see black dots and clear small kinda looking clouds and no.cure :,(
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by monique22 on 3/15/2013 at 8:28 AM
hey im 15 nearly 16 and im blind in my left eye too due to a cataract i had, my eye had very little vision and eventually turned blind but tbh i cant remember that part of my life, i also had a lazy eye which i had straightened at 9 but is now wearing off, my eye looks bluish-greyish and cloudy but nobody notices until i tell them, i have been very self conscious all my life about this especially as this boy bullied me in year 7 but other than that i have never really dealt with negative comments or anything and sometimes i even forget im blind in one eye unless it comes to sports and co-ordination which im working on and 3D movies.
idk why i wrote this but i just thought id share my experience with you also due to my operation when i was 9 i also suffered from glaucoma.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Amnesiac23 on 3/5/2013 at 11:26 PM
You are certainly not alone and I'm actually quite happy I'm not either. I was also born with a cataract (I'm 23 now) and am blind in my right eye. My cataract is not visible, but people I'm talking to often look behind them or ask if something is going on behind them. Apparently I do not look like I'm making eye contact with them. What is more embarrassing for me is when someone is sitting to my right. It's very awkward for me to talk to them and I have to explain my situation. This situation pops up a lot in college.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Daxterrox on 2/27/2013 at 1:05 PM
Hello, I have also been born with one eye without use. It's nice to know that there are others with the same problem. Currently i am 16 years old and have never had any problems, except a lazy eye of course. I wasn't born early and there were no complications in my birth yet i can't see anything in my left eye. I have perfect vision in my right though, which is nice.
I just want you to know that you're not alone in this.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by meelahlovesu on 2/25/2013 at 1:18 PM
Hi everyone, well im not blind but i have a very guy friend that i like a lot just actually told me he was blind in his right eye. I honestly did not know what to say. Its crazy because we are always together & i.never noticed it at all his eyes look perfectly fine to me! What can i do ? I found myself staring at all our pics & i still cant believe even tho i lnow its true! I still feel the same way i did before he told me & i just want him to know i dont look at him differently at all because i know him just out of the blue telling me this was not easy,& i really respect him fir it ! :) & i also want to say to everyone else yall are strong too :)
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by First time granny on 2/19/2013 at 5:31 PM
My precious grandson just had surgery at 4 months for a number of vision problems, ocular disorder, iritis, glaucoma, etc. He had a film on his eye at birth, He will never have sight in his left eye but his right eye is fine.
Anyone ever heard of a parent getting SS Disability for the time periodthe child must undergo multiple surgeries and daily medications in hourly intervals? My DIL has been unable to return to work with his condition.
Most importantly, I was hoping for some uplifting comments on how his life would be as normal as possible.
Thank you all for sharing your problems although I was disappointed in some especially mentioning being made fun of. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comnments.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by megrK on 2/16/2013 at 11:12 AM
I'm 29 and I have unexplained blindness in my left eye. I went to get my drivers licence years ago, the eyes exam paper they gave me it measured my left eye 40/2000. In October of 2010 I saw a doctor for a check up since I was waiting to hear from SSI about my case. I was told that he can't see a reason why it doesn't work it just doesn't. I also need corrective lens for my right eye, I just bearly able to drive, I have to have corrective lens for night driving, but sadly I can't aford to buy any. My eyes are also offset go figure.
After I sent in the papers from the exam they denied me saying I wasn't visionaly impaired enough.I've been fighting for 19 months for my case.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by DR-BigTeddy on 2/15/2013 at 8:02 AM
I have a question being that i only see through 1 eye and im 31 years old and i been wearing class since ive been a baby pretty much. Do you think its a good idea and safe to get a lazer sergury on my good eye? I went to the specialist they said i have a 90 percent chance of seeing through my good eye with a lazer sergury.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Michelle9 on 2/14/2013 at 11:00 AM
Hi guys! I'm so glad to have found this forum. I found it last year and keep coming back to see the replies to this thread. Knowing I am not alone makes me feel a bit better in a sense.
I'm 19 years old and was born on the 9th of May... my twin sister and I were born on Mother's Day. Unfortunately, she had very little oxygen which is the reason she passed away several days after birth, and I had too much oxygen which resulted in my eye sight problems.
I was born with Retinopathy of Prematurity. All I know is that what most of my sight issues are derived from. I have about 20% vision in my right eye... I am not too sure if this is due to ROP or something else... my mom is sketchy on the details. My 'good eye'- which really, is not all that good - is my left eye. Vision is blurred if I do not wear my glasses. It sucks because each time I go for a new prescription, I need to get glasses with less strength compared to what I really need... it's because wearing stronger glasses gives me instant migraines which is annoying. My retina is detached in my right eye.... nothing can be done as too much time has passed, so surgery cannot fix this.I can't control my right eye; if my left eye is open, I see nothing out of my right eye. It's hard to explain but my brain blocks it out so nothing registers for me. It's been like this since I've been born so I know nothing else. If I close my left eye and have my right eye open, it is blurry like hell and I still cannot control it or see anything.
My mom has told me that I started wearing glasses at 3 months old. It's funny, because she says I had never taken them off - it's as if I knew I needed this to see. When I was about two or three years old my mom was advised to take me to a blind and visually impaired school. The doctors were convinced I was legally blind. After several days my mom noticed I would respond to gestures, when toys were put in front of me and other general things. My doctor assumed my mom was crazy and wrote her a letter to see a therapist to ''come to terms with her daughters lack of sight'' - she still has that letter. Needless to say, my mom didn't care and took me out of that school.
I grew up regularly normal. I knew I was different but it didn't cause a huge issue. Kids of course would say 'Hey, I'm here... why aren't you looking at me'' because my right eye used to have a mind of its own. Though, other kids noticed this difference and would call me just to have me turn and look at them and they'd laugh and say 'Ha ha, I'm over here. Can't you see me... are you blind or something' - I did not understand how serious my condition was and did not know about actually going to a blind school at that time, so it hurt me a lot. I used to think that maybe something was wrong with me, but I learned to ignore it after I noticed my teachers and real friends would put in a lot of effort to help me when it came to taking notes in class, watching movies in class or just general class things. I would try to always sit in front to make life easier. It was like this all through to high school.
Up and until about the age of 18, things were fine - bearable rather. But, as a kid you don't quite understand that the comforts around you disappear when you enter the big, real world. As each day, week and month goes by, I realize that things get trickier for me. Unfortunately, I cannot drive. I live in South Africa where our drivers side is on the right hand side so trying to drive would be a nightmare seeing as my right eye has, like, little to no vision. I can't see anything from it like people approaching me or any detail, so I would not even notice traffic properly. I hold books, magazines, phones and my ipad so close so I can read off of them. I can't see or watch 3D anything. I can't see details on people if they are several feet away. I can't read signs well or at all. A lot of people think I am angry all the time if I am reading or looking at things because I squint.
I love writing and drawing... and the sad thing is, I might lose sight in my left eye. I have been told that my sight will slowly deteriorate and I could become fully blind. I don't even know what to think because I can't imagine not drawing or seeing everything around me. It is one thing to be born fully blind, but when you have some sight and that gets taken away.... it's a hard blow to your life.
Anyway, we'll see how life goes... :)
If anyone would like to chat via e-mail or something, we can.Just respond and I can share my details.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by oneeyedwillie on 2/12/2013 at 12:04 AM
Hello from Mississippi. I was also born blind in one eye. I have really enjoyed reading the other 70 replies and will try to share my story and hopefully touch on all the subjects that have been brought up here.
First, my story and background. I wasn't born pre-mature like a lot of the other people who have replied to this posting. In fact....I was brought into this world about two weeks after my due date (so my mother tells me). Anyway, the cause for my blindness was due to a congenital cataract in my left eye. Surgery to remove the cataract was done a month after my birth and resulted in the removal of my lens. I am currently in my mid thirties (35 to be exact) and obviously have never had vision in both eyes. My "good eye" is still performing well and so far has not required the use of corrective lenses. The removal of the cataract was just that....a removal. It did not grant me the ability to have 20/20 vision in that eye. No replacement lens was put in the eye. The way it was always explained to me was that since my eye initially was with a full blown cataract, my brain did not wire the "brain to eye" pathway like was done with my other eye. This meant that even if a lens was put in there to replace the one removed....it wouldn't help my vision in that eye. To be completely descriptive here, my vision in that eye isn't complete "blackness" as most are quick to assume. It has always been difficult for me to describe to others what it is that I do actually see out of that eye. The best way to explain it is that although I cannot read any letters of the eye chart, I can differentiate which way the "big E" is pointing out to about maybe 8-10 ft. It isn't blurry, but is more like my field of view is extremely narrow and I can only see what others see in there extreme peripheral view. Like peripheral vision, i can see movement but not detail. It wasn't until I was in college and taking my third year of physics and we moved into the subject of optics that I was given a rational explanation of what was responsible for the little vision I had in that eye. Before I get technical here, you might want to follow this link to you help understand the definitions of as well as the distribution of the photoreceptors (rods and cones) in the human eye.
Due to the fact I had no lens to focus light towards the high concentration of cones in the center of my retina (known as the fovea centralis), it left me with the little vision I currently have. As a side story, I managed to get on a first name basis with my physics professor after performing a lab assignment that my lack of a lens allowed me to do something nobody else could. The lab assignment involved measuring the wavelength of the different shades of visible light. This was done through using a prism to make the "rainbow" that we all know and looking through a microscope to actually measure these different colors in nanometers. Because I have no lens to filter out the ultraviolet wavelength of light, I was able to see (not very well, I might add) an extra violet colored line that I could not see at all with my right eye. Better said....instead of the 5 lines everyone else was seeing (red, orange, yellow, green, blue), I was able to see a violet/purple colored line outside of the spectrum. I was only able to measure it with a little precision, but it proved to be about 340-350 nanometers. This is outside the visible light spectrum. I initially made a bad grade on this assignment, but turned it in knowing that I probably would. As I expected, the bad grade resulted from the simple fact that I had reported measuring a wavelength of light that simply is impossible to measure like this because the human eye cannot see it. I went to my professor and explained what I had done. The bad grade changed to an A....and because it intrigued my professor....resulted in me being on a first name basis with him from that point forward.
On the subject of difficulties of living with my "blind" eye, I do have another aspect of it that makes it a little more noticeable to others. Yes, it does tend to be "lazy" as you might expect....but I also have two distinctly different colored eyes. I don't know if it is related to the congenital cataract or not, but my good eye (right) is a bluish-green while my bad eye (left) is a brownish-hazel color. I am self conscious of the laziness and have always been "ok" with it for the most part. Some people growing up did make it hard and surprisingly, I have had more incidents of people putting me down as an adult rather than as a child. I played sports growing up and although I had a tough time, managed to play football and baseball all through my adolescence. I was not good enough to play either in college. Without any depth perception, catching a pop-fly in baseball or hitting a curve ball proved very difficult....but I managed. I played first base and pitched. In football, it required me to be on the left side of the football when on defense (I was a lineman) simply so I could see the ball snapped. It didn't pose a problem on offense since I played center. School work didn't seem to be affected by my sight and I managed to make very good grades. I went on to earn an engineering degree from Mississippi State University.
I do find myself closing my left eye when I am tired or if I am trying to look hard at something distant. I have always done things according to my eye. I write left handed and shoot a gun or bow right handed for example. There have been times that I have been accused of "ignoring" people, but it was simply due to the fact they were on my left side and I couldn't see them.
My parents were always trying to get me to wear something protective when I was playing any type of sports or doing anything that posed a threat to my other eye. I was always reluctant to do so as any child would be, but as an adult....I always try to wear safety glasses anytime my activities call for it. I can't stress that enough.
Overall, I seldom think about it and given that I don't know any differently....it doesn't seem to affect my daily life. There are instances that it comes into play that are tough to overcome. I'm not talking about something that requires depth perception (like shooting a basketball or watching a 3D movie)....I'm talking about times that lesser people find it necessary to try and hurt me because of my eye. I don't care how much self esteem you have or how much maturity you have....it still can really hurt when you are put down for it. My parents did a wonderful job at helping me feel "normal" and I feel blessed to have had them by my side growing up with this abnormality. It has gone a long way into helping me maintain my attitude towards it. I can't stress enough how important this is for any parents out there with a child with something similar.
I hope that is a good overview of "my story" and I hope that it isn't too long. I appreciate everything that has been said here and am glad to share my story with this site.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by DR-BigTeddy on 2/9/2013 at 5:18 AM
This a good website i never new there were more people with the same problem of having poor vision. My name is Antonio when i was born i was born with a lazy eye on my right side with poorly vision as i got older the left eye was getting weak i ended up at age 5 having to wear glasses. It wasnt so great like it went with some i read here. As i was growing up my right eye got weaker and weaker that every year they were adding more and more lenses to the right side frame to try to make it see but with no luck. At age 9 my mom took me to specialist in nyc that i didnt even know what they were doing. They used to put so much eye drops that i used to even cry because of the burn feeling i was getting. To this day i still get nightmares of that experience. At age 21 my right eye was declared blind because i couldnt see anything just blur ness. As i was growing up in school it wasnt really so great for me i had alot of kids bullying me and making jokes of my vision i ended up standing for myself i ended up in alot of fights because of my vision. And i couldnt even play sports because when people found out about my problem instead of being cool with it they made it worse they used to throw the ball in my blind side hitting my headed and all they do was just laugh about it. I went to a doctor and told him about my eye and ask if i can get disability and what they told me was you cant get disability with something you was born with you can get disability if you got injured during your lifetime. Thanks again for putting your problems here as well it feels good to know im not the only one. Take care...
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Mama_Lee on 2/7/2013 at 8:45 AM
I'm a new mom and i have a newborn and she has microphthalmia on her right eye. The eye is cloudy too. She was born full term but her right eye stopped growing. the size of her eyes right now are almost identical. Based on your experience, will the good eye grow so much that the other eye gets so left behind? Her eyes move together and physically looks identical for now.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by d.eli314 on 2/2/2013 at 4:09 AM
I'm about to be 18 and ever since I can remember I've never really been able to see from my right eye. When I was very little I had to wear an eye patch over my left eye to try and make the right eye stronger and I always would take it off. I regret it. When I started the 4th grade that's when people started really making fun of me. My right eye is turned inward like a lotttt and it's so embarrassing. Id get called awful names. When I was a baby I got surgery to tighten the muscles and that didn't work. When I was in the 4th grade I had it again. It worked for a little while but went right back to how it was. When I finally reached high school I felt like crap. I didn't want anyone to know, especially in high school. I started covering my right eye with my hair and I still do! People think its part of my style, it was for a bit but not anymore. I wish I was normal. Everyone in school would always ask to see my right eye and id always try to change the subject or come up with an excuse. And of course people started finding out. It was horrible.
Now that I'm older I want to really fix this. I've been wanting to tell my mom I want the surgery again but I don't know. I just hope if I do it'll work this time. I started cutting school just so I wouldn't have to deal with people always asking about my eye. I hate meeting new people also because they always look at me weird. I never make eye contact and I absolutely hate taking pictures. I have a boyfriend and we've been together for over a year. He knows I'm blind from one eye but he doesn't know that it's crossed. I've been wanting to tell him because I know he will accept me but it's just tooooo embarrassing. Every time his mom sees me she moves my hair out of my face and I just make some stupid face with my eyes closed. I just wish the world wasn't so cruel then maybe I wouldn't really care. And it's not that I really care what people think but I do care about my appearance. Because of my "disability" I don't really go out or socialize with people. I do cry about It a lot and i do know it could be worst but still! And because I'm turning 18 soon I need my state id. I don't want people seeing my eye in the picture so I'm hoping to get it fixed asap so I can actually be happy.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by emfhc on 1/29/2013 at 9:17 PM
I was born blind in my left eye. Around age two, my left eye actually began to cross. I'm almost 19 and have had glasses for going on 17 years. It bothered me off and on through middle school, but that was really the only time. I have awful vision in my right eye, but luckily, it has never gotten worse. I thought I'd share my story :)
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by DawnB on 1/18/2013 at 3:16 AM
My name is Dawn and I was born blind in my left eye. At 28 years old I have been lucky to not let it stop me. I have a prosthetic I wear over my under developed eye that has full muscle movement. Luckily with good vision in my right eye driving cars and even a motorcycle have been possible. Though I have had to push through the stigma that is sometimes associated with the blindness I find most people pretty cool about it
When I was little my glass eye fell out in front of the whole class and as children can be when they don't understand things they were cruel. But instead of shrinking down and letting them be that way I brought in all my glass eyes and my doctor and we talked with the class about why I was that way. I still had a few annoying kids still, but many more than that stuck by me and looked past it to who I was. Being open helped me through life. I am the first to make light of it such as when I am asked to a 3D movie or something else you need two eyes for. That gives me strength and let's others know that I am not defined my limited vision it is just a part of me.
In high school and college I played sports and lead a pretty normal life. In jobs I found the best way to handle it for me was to be up front about things. I kept it light and just apologized up front about the fact it might look like I am looking behind them. Gave me a chance to say it won't stop me from doing a great job just might throw them off for the first few minutes. Then the focus can jump back quick to my skills and why I was really there.
Biggest thing I would say is never let it stop you! I have worked with kids since middle school that have lost an eye and my advice is always never put limitations on yourself. I have tried many things that I failed at because of my blindness but I have succeeded more than that.
If anyone just needs someone to listen to that has been there let me know.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Zcaldwell on 1/15/2013 at 10:37 PM
Hi, my name is Zachary and I'm 16 years old. When I was 18 months old my father accidentally ran me over in his truck because I crawled behind his wheel on the way to work and he backed over my head, ripping of my right ear and damaged my right optic nerve or something like that. Anyways, like I can see really great out of left eye but my right is like terrible. No sight hardly at all. BUT, it's weird cuz it's partially able to see. Like if you close one of your eyes and look as far as you can to the right, and try walking around or just using your prefriel Vision it's what I see out of my bad one. But if I close my good eye, my bad one like moves towards my nose and I can see better with it. Not great but like I can more around with it. But I get made fun of at school a lot. Or I did until I kicked this guys ass for it. But now everyone knows pretty much and I hear them talking about it behind my back. Like I cry sometimes just because I wish I was normal. I have gained several pounds since freshman year because I think the food comforts me. Sometimes I think about getting a patch or fake eye but I can't even talk about it with anyone . I wish I was normal
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by hey on 1/9/2013 at 11:28 AM
so i was also born blind in one eye, not sure why. Ive been okay for the past 24 years, other than the occasional bumping into things-not seeing people when they wave/talk to you..etc
Ive always had a slight vibration (my eye jumps) but recently this has become worse.. the eyeball is jumping a lot faster and more frequently.. any suggestions on what might be causing this? has anyone had the same experience? great thread didn't know there were so many people out there with the same condition! wishing everyone a great new year!
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Dandoon_30 on 12/20/2012 at 5:41 AM
Dear everyone on this board,
I can't describe to you how happy I am to have stumbled upon this message board. I am a 22 years old female, I was born with a blind left eye. I had cataract in my eye but the doctors didn't remove it because they were afraid my eye would shrink in size even more. My left eye is smaller than my right eye and I have a white dot on my pupil. My left eye wanders off and I face almost a the problems mentioned above.
I lean into books to read, I must tilt my head to read off my computer screen. When I look at people they turn around to see of I an talking to then or not. Sometimes people wave at me saying "hey, I am here, look here". Those things I knew we because of my eye, but there are things that I do or difficulties that I have that I never knew were because of my impaired vision until recently. For example, I easily trip and I always bump into stuff, my legs are always bruised. I find it very difficult to ride a bike, I never found 3D movies impressive until my bf at the time told me that I can't actually see 3D. I suck big time at sports that require a racket to play; ping pong, tennis .,,etc. Most recently I've had problems learning how to drive. For me sky diving sounds less terrifying than driving, my reaction time is slow and I am constantly scared someone would hit me from my blind side. Any driving tips would be highly appreciated. It's really bothering me.
Growing up I got teased by some kids at school, I never had a bf at high school (but that was more because I never cared enough). And yes children are your worst enemies, they spot it so quickly and ask questions out loud in front of crowds. I've had self confidence issues in the past, I never look straight into a camera even if I try. I squint in sunlight and when I laugh. Sometimes I feel like I need to wear a t-shirt that says in bold " I am half blind, get over it and stop starring".
That being said, I love taking pictures, I sometimes think of my eye as a unique beauty sign. My eye never stopped me from pursuing my dreams, I am always top on my class and I work very hard at everything that I do. I let me personality shine through at interviews and I impress the interviewer with my passion.
I would like to know if you guys have any tips for taking care of your eyes and things that make life easier. Do you find it better if you tell
People you are blind straight on so that you kill their curiosity ?
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by HazaelMoreno on 11/26/2012 at 6:44 PM
Hi im almost 17 and im blind in one eye. It's hard sometime because when I'm talking to someone I can't face them directly and some get mad about that. I also have bad eye sight and I have to lean in to books and have my head at an angle to see the words clear.y
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Cappsy on 11/26/2012 at 3:58 PM
I was born and labeled legally blind in my left eye. I have no clue why, but I am. I often have the trouble of people asking me why I'm not looking at them or them asking why my eye is moving around on its own. I also have a tendency to miss steps due to a lack of depth perception. My good eye has perfect vision so most of the time people tell me I'm not disabled. I don't see myself as disabled either but I definitely know that I have little depth perception. I also tend to get headaches when my good eye is over stressed.
I also know that my blindness is not curable. I have been told that nothing can be done to fix it, but seeing as it is all I know it doesn't upset me. It makes me more cautious because my chances of becoming completely blind are greater.
Eye contact has always been an issue for me because of the fact that it is assumed I am not looking at them or it moves. You are definitely not alone in that.
The thing that bugs me the most is when people find out they call me disabled, but apparently some say I'm not. I am treated both ways and it bugs me. People need to honestly choose one or the other.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by kirang on 11/1/2012 at 12:20 PM
Even I was born being blind in one eye, but i don't know why. I am 25 now and my left eye is normal but right eye has very poor vision. When I was 14 my right eye hit by something accidentally and a white cloud/cataract covered my right eye after a while and a surgery was made. Once it was operated doctor told me that i will be getting complete vision. But i could only get partial vision in my right eye. They told me that i was born like that so nothing can be done to improve my right eye's vision. I get scared even to learn driving. I am tired of people making fun of me. Is it curable or we have live with this? Anyone knows a treatment for this?
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by sammigirl16 on 9/26/2012 at 8:19 PM
my name is sam. i am 16 and i was born with septo optic dysplasia. i am blind in my left eye and it wanders. growing up was easy no one made fun of me or looked at me different but when i got into my 8th grade year thats when the torture started. i was bullied because of it and i hated my self so much i thought about suicide all the time. i was called all sorts of names by kids in my town and even some family members. when i made it to my freshman year things were a little better. instead of calling me mean names they were curious as to why my eye did that and what caused it so i got tired of explaining it so my best friend took over and everytime someone asked me a personal question about it she would step in and answer for me if she could. i am a sophomore now and the questions and names still find me. the hardest part of living with this is i have to explain it to every boyfriend so they dont look at me weird. only 2 have stayed with me after i told them. its hard to find someone to love you or even like you when your not normal. yes i wonder what it would be like to see with both eyes and to be able to live a normal life but my life is amazing. i made my high school JV tennis team and if i keep at it and keep training i will be on varsity either my junior or senior year. playing tennis was difficult because i can only see out of one eye and it makes it harder to keep an eye on the player and the ball and their coach .
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by tom4christ on 9/15/2012 at 12:38 PM
I am 47 and have been legally blind in my right eye all my life. I have goten used to it and have not had problems except for seeing in 3D movies, LOL. I can see out of my eye but everything is blury. Not as bad as most in this cnversation but can kinda understand. Mine was from RH factor. My eye does not move and is same color as other eye so most people do not realize I am leagally blind. My begest problem is pereferal vision and looking at people, I have to turn my head further when talking to people on my right side. I do feel for those who are worse eyesight than me but I do understand somewhat. My prayers are out there for all of you and remember, GOD loves all of you.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by meredithdotkane on 9/12/2012 at 5:16 PM
HI!! I was born blind in my left eye. However, i still see1/4 through the side. My mom had shingles when she had me. Its called magular degeneration. Im only 18 and thinking about writing my college essay about being blind. I typed in "things you cant do when half blind" and this site came up. Macular degeneration is usually seen in elderly people and gets worse. I am happy to hear every year at my check up that it has not gotten worse and hopefully will stay that way. Im just hopeing for a cure or an improvment of some kind. I mean we live in 2012! there should be flying cars! Glad im not alone. I get made fun of sometimes. So i cut my hair to hide my eye.
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by littlegolden on 7/18/2012 at 2:57 AM
This is really cool! I feel very blessed to have found something like this! I've always felt as if I faced this alone becasue I have not yet met someone blind in one eye.
I was born with a congential cataract in my left eye which was removed along with the lens as an baby. This left me with strabismus and nystagmus.
I will admit the appearance of my blind eye does bother me. I am 17, and it appears to get lazier as i age. I have lots of friends who love me and embrace me for who I am.(THANKFUL!) Though those little digs can really get you down. The occasiOnal "WOAH, WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOUR EYE"? Or just eye contact with people can be extremely awkward. My pupil is much smaller on the bad eye than the good,and one eye is greenish blue((bad) while the other is blue.
Although, it has made life a little more difficult than most;and often wonder what it would be like to see out of two eyes...I know this impairment has made me a strong stubborn person. For instance doctors always told me I couldn't drive so my mom was pretty clear on where she stood with that. I wouldn't take no for an answer. I now have my temps and am working (slowly and carefully) on getting my license. In my 17 years of living...I consider overcoming something I was told I never would...my greatest acomplishment with many more years to come!
Thank you all for your stories!
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by PMBlind on 7/13/2012 at 12:19 AM
I was born blind in my right eye caused by an eye disease called Congenital Toxoplasmosis. This causes damage to the Retina and Optic Nerves. I lost my right eye completely in the Summer of 1992. I now have less than four feet of vision in my left eye as of 1997 due to an increased eye pressure event. to view damage pictures from Toxoplasmosis see the following link:
Re: Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by cocopuff on 3/26/2012 at 9:16 PM
Hi everyone. My name is Courtney I'm 13 and I was born blind in my left eye. I struggle everyday to focus without y eye wandering and concealing it from my friends. I used to cry an cry because i wanted to go to the Olympics for swimming but I realized that I'd probably have to go to the disabled Olympics because of my eye. Now I am faced with fear of not being able to get my learners because of my disability. Can anyone out there help me ?
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by robyl2183 on 2/29/2012 at 12:40 PM
Hi I am 53 yrs old, I was born with only 1 eye, the other eye never developed, so I wear a prosthesis. I have always tried to keep that hidden from school mates and people thro out my life, and have finally started telling people I only have one eye the other is artificial. Its not a big deal to me it seems now.
When I was born my parents said I didnt have an eye and it didnt develop, I dont know if there is a medical term for it. I do know it is rare to be born without and eye and have great vision in the other. My vision in my left eye is corrected at 20/20. I wear glasses of course. Sometimes I find myself teasing myself with hey there one eye, or I can see you with my own eye, etc etc. I dont know why it didnt develop my mother has always felt she was to blame for it and never would talk in detail about it. I would tell her that I felt I was a gift to you and dad from god because he knew that the two of you could handle a handicapped child and see that they grew up and had a good life. She was always tearful when she would hear that or say do you really feel like that?
My mother is gone now she passed away in 2007 my father died many years back.
Now I have a cataract that needs removed, that is my next step and to look into trying to afford and new prosthesis, I have had this one for 30 yrs. Well anyways that my story.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by lowllow73188 on 2/14/2012 at 11:14 PM
hi i am not blind myself but my younger brother who is 21 is blind in one eye and resently found out he's going in his other eye. i was wondering and i know this is a little of topic but has anyone seen the movie persuit of happeniss ?? it's about a man who lost his family and is wanting to end his life to donate his organs to people who are in need and one man is a blind man and when the man passes way and his eyes are donated to the blind man...i was wondering can that happen if you found a donor or put ur name in to have donated eye's could you do that? i would really like to know and if there is anyone out there who has done research on eye transplants if any one could let me know ! i don't exactly know what case he has but he's been through alot and i know my parent's have been to numorus doctors who say there's nothing they can do but i feel that isn't enough and my parents aren't computer perfect they have no clue how these things work but i'v been doing some research and just wanted to see ! with all the new technology out i was just looking for a bit of hope! hes a verry smart boy and i coulden't see him not being able to do things in life because he feels he can't! if anyone knows of doctors i could speak to or anyone in that matter please let me know. this boy is compleately distroyed after being at his last appointment to be told he's loosing sight in the other eye! he goes no where and he barely talks anymore !! he has had two eye surgerys and nothing improved ik he has had it since birth but is that a possibilty that it could be fixed?
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by kiarakayla on 2/10/2012 at 10:31 AM
hi am 37 and born blind
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by kiarakayla on 2/10/2012 at 10:28 AM
hi there i am 37 years old a was also born blind i have a catarack in ma left eye my pupil is white and my good eye is blue and my bad eye is greeny grey collour i have no control over my blind eye it wonders all the time its been so hard for me living like this as when your young people are so cruel a was termented at school through younger years and in my high school years i have always been self conshis with it sorry not a clever cookie at spelling as yous see well to be hounst a realy hate living lie this a always think why me a prayed my kids would never have this and go through life the way a did but thank god my kids are all fine since a wos young a coverd up my eye with my hair and yes i still cover it up has always played a big part in my life a would love to be able to see from both eyes but a was born to life like this im 37 years old and a still dont like going out myself am petrafied of roads i have been blind in 1 eye ol my life so a should be used to it cause i have never been able to see from both eyes but a would never wish this oin anybody and the goverment tell you this isnt a disability my life hasa been so difficult i walk into everything dnt no how many times af burnt myself with the cooking well this is my story about trying to get on in life with haveing 1 eye x
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Rickki on 2/4/2012 at 6:21 AM
Hi, I'm 45 years of age and I developed a detached retina in my left eye six years ago. I too fear that I may completely go blind. I try to stay encouraged by reading the word of God. My left eye stays red and I am noticing redness in my right eye. I thank God I have a loving family who has supported me in life. Recently got married to a great man who loves me unconditional. I have an awesome son who I love dearly. God bless you all!
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by biologic on 12/20/2011 at 3:40 PM
Yes. Currently aged 53. Normal birth not premature. Condition appears to be Persistent Hyper Primary Vitreous. I have a white pupil in my left eye and the iris is green while my right eye is bluer.
Was a robust physical child who loved sports. Found it hard to catch balls initially but I have the personality where if I want to do something I'll practice it until I can - so I threw balls against a wall and practiced catching them until I could. Also love to throw paper into a bin at distance which used to give me and my workmates great amusement. My aim became so good I was always chosen a goal shooter for netball at school. Also played softball. These days play a lot of soccer and also ride a bicycle. Depth perception is not limited by the loss of one eye. You can cultivate it.
My parents thought I'd have lots of problems physically and mentally. The physical ones can be overcome. Mentally its draining as a child when you are judged by your appearance, but I always tried to cultivate a sense of self worth, but still was continually frustrated by small minded people. Some people seem to think that if you have a physical problem that you're somehow mentally retarded - but that's their loss. And yes I suffered quite a bit of low self esteem but it's no different from other people I feel. Some kids I grew up with had far more esteem problems from things in their physicality. Like acne or self imagined problems.
To my knowledge my eyes have never prevented me from working in any job I wanted - except for a government bus position I wanted way before discrimination legislation in Australia became the norm. I'm still working pretty much full time and highly valued in my work. I work in the arts mainly in film and television.
I used to feel like I couldn't look people in the eyes but now I don't care. I just do it and if other people don't like it. it's their problem. Like another contributor here, I was encouraged by friends. If it's ok to meet their eyes then it was ok all around.
There was a time that I wanted to have a contact lens that made my eyes look the same, sometimes I still do but I don't know how to go about that. So I don't worry about it and carry on as normal. I think it's good for the general population to see variations in the human condition. Why should one hide away or try to "look normal". This is normal for me. The more that people show their differences in a community, the more these differences can be discussed and understood. And accepted.
My advice to anyone with any monocular eye condition whether it be lazy eye or white pupil or different colours. Rejoice in your difference. Be prepared to talk about it with others - don't be shy. You are no better or worse than they are. Mostly people are just curious. They just want to know about it. If people are harsh to you then they are not worth your time.
Cheers and peace to you all!
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by elida on 12/4/2011 at 1:57 PM
My left eye is lazy and blind sometimes i get headaches in my eye and i don't understand why it is also turning white..i am 19...i drive, i work, and i have a lot of friends. The reason is because not all my friends know about my eye. Because i have side bangs that cover my eye. But i am wanting to know if you there is any way that i can an operation to get it removed because it bothers me. I went on other websites who said they got theirs removed but i don't want to just have one eye and an empty socket.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Call Me Crunchyy on 11/9/2011 at 4:49 PM
Hi, i also was born early and i developed phpv in my right eye. I have perfect vision in my left eye and wear a color contact lens in my blind eye. When it comes to talking to people i have no problem because the colored contact i wear is very good, most people don't know i have a contact in. When it comes to appearance i would go with a colored contact, it really does help. I am 16 now and i have played sports all my life and for some reason i can compensate for the lack of depth perception when playing ball. Is this somthing i picked up from playing so many sports or normal for a person who grew up half-blind.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Sarah xox on 11/2/2011 at 2:37 PM
Hi everyone! Im seventeen years old and blind in my left eye. At the age of 2 i got cancer twice and unfortunatley the second time the only way to save my life was to remove my left eye. It's so great to find this site and realise i am not alone because most of my life ive felt as if i am; people treat me differently and being teenager this has left me extremely insecure about who i am and where i belong in this world, but now i know i am not alone, deep down im still a normal person and have the same dreams and goals in life as many other people my age. Thank you to whoever started off this site! take care everyone xx
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by kaitlyn10 on 10/27/2011 at 1:19 AM
Hi i am 31 years old born 3 months early. I am blind in my right eye. The eye doctors says that i got too much oxygen when i was born. They put a oxygen hood over my head. He says that made the nerves in the back of my right eye grow too fast and that is why i lost my sight. I also have applied for disability and they turned me down becaused i am not considered blind. They should live a day in my shoes. And my right eye is lazy and turns to the right which really bothers me because i think pepole are always staring at me. I did just learn that i have catarates in both of my eyes. The right one is covering my eye 100% and the left one is over half way covered. I am going to see an specialist to see what we need to do if there is anything that we can do. I wish everyone luck!!!
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by kaveman on 10/24/2011 at 10:17 PM
I am 40 years old... I been blind in my left eye pretty much since birth. I had very little vision as a toddler. could see shadows. But now I see nothing in my left eye.
I also have an eye condition called cats eyes... thats where the the pupils are shaped like cats eyes. And no I can't see in the dark.. I too would like to know if I can get disability pay check. since I can't get a job because people see my eyes and know i'm blind in one eye and it is a libility on their part to hire me.. They won't say it dirrectly bacuse that would be illegal for them to do so.. But they always ask me about what my limits are... I need help paying bills. Odd jobs is all I can do. and that is getting scarce.since so many people are out of work.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Jembosuddo on 10/17/2011 at 5:50 PM
Hi ! :) I born with one left blind eye, no vision at all, I have no experiences whatsoever signs even tho , sometimes people dont realise that I have blind because of eye/public can't tell blind as I don't have White or Greg.. I looked prettying normal but I have weak lazy sign when I'm tired that's all. I live with it since birth, made no different to me until I reached late teenager, I start noticing that people waved me a lots, assumed that I irgoned them! But I wasnt, it was just the way is it and that's how I became hated eye contacted , made me feel ashamed but years later I got used do it and in time peopl have gotten known who I am, accept who I am.. I have self confident n get on with it, become s mother to 3 children - they are prefect in every way... Sometimes, I still find it struggle to eye contact , no matter wherever I am. It's there in gut n mind and maybe will stay there for rest oft life and I just deal with it and get on with it.. First time net new people, save them from notices, I upfront straight I have blind in left eye so bear it with me and then straight away move on change of subject n get on with it. Most r admires for my confidants which is great so go for it, don't be scared - no one perfects but make the best of what u have got, be proud and get on with it :) xxx
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Kelandrew on 9/27/2011 at 11:20 PM
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Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Kelandrew on 9/27/2011 at 11:15 PM
Hello, everyone. Very surprised by all the responses on here because i thought i was alone dealing with my ailment. I am 27 years old. I was born 3 months premature. I developed retinopathy of prematurity. My left retina as a result detatched making me blind in that eye. I can only make out the big E on an eye chart with that eye. My right eye's vision is 20/30 or 20/40. My vision problems didnt bother me honestly until recently. I flat out ignored them when i was younger. Only recently have i started to ask questions. Upon doing my own research ive discovered that the reason i have to get yearly eye exams is because i am a high risk of getting more eye diseases such as glaucoma among others. I have myopia. I guess my biggest fear is going completely blind. Finding this info out has made me very nervous and depressed lately. Ive noticed my good eye getting red repeatedly in the same spot. i thought i was just tired. but it came back. I thought i felt some pressure in it as well. Im sorry for rambling but if anyone has a similar disease, but retinopathy of prematurity especially please feel free to email me. god bless to everyone :)
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by getoffthissite on 9/5/2011 at 2:57 AM
to Kara Chang 18: This site is not about your racial preferences, which are gross generalizations made by an apparently very young, arrogant and naive person. Go away and find some more suitable site, maybe 'TwitSpace'.....
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Ronnie19621 on 8/19/2011 at 6:24 PM
I was born with an undeveloped optical nerve in my left eye. I cannot see out of that eye. Yes, I went through the cruel school years and nasty kids who you wanted to punch. I was twelve before I learned how to ride a bicycle. I did play football and pretty much learned to live with it.
We all ask yourself, why me? Well, I am married and in my forties. Life has not been to bad, I still have no depth perception and can struggle with some activities.
But, now I have been laid-off and am looking for a new job. I cannot get a commercial licenses to drive a truck. I cannot do any jobs that require climbing/forklift or anything that involves depth perception. I do not consider myself disabled, but I am wondering if we are eligible for disability or some kind of help.
I have always wanted to work and provide for my family, but I know people who have far less problems than me and they receive disability.
Please hang in there and realize that you are not the only one out there was vision in one eye!
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Cook1593 on 8/12/2011 at 2:19 PM
I am sixteen years old and ever since I was five I've been blind in my left eye. It was an accident that changed my life. I have been basically forced by my parents to wear glasses, and although there's nothing wrong with them I can't help but feel it's kept me from having boyfriends and doing other things. In the 11 years I've been completely blind in one eye, I've had two surgeries that were meant to tighten the muscle around my eye that way I
wouldn't be cross.
Unfortunately, the surgeries that were supposed to make it so my left eye wasn't crooked, have worn out. Just the other day, a little girl said to me "why is your eye like that." its honest people like that who encourage me not to look people in the eyes when I'm talking. Not only am I shy because of my disability, I also don't like to be in pictures because my eye looks lazy in them.
While I'm lucky to have a family that supports me, it really does suck thinking about the me I couldve been if I wasn't blind. I am considering having surgery again although I'm afraid the third time might cause damage.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by wdalsing2 on 8/5/2011 at 6:20 PM
It is bad luck. But, you just accept it or maybe ignore it
and continue on. If you have your sight all your life and suddenly one eye goes away nearly completely, It sure worries you about the remaining good eye. I never even knew what a detached retina was until, suddenly, I was getting my eye massacred in the operating room! they (surgeon) actually pull your eyeball out of its socket and hold it out a ways away and then they scrape, etc your eye socket and then put it back into the socket. I got a massive local anesthetic. I was joking around during the surgery and apparently this disturbed my surgeon, who is basically not any longer a human being. Oh, well, a
war story. I am tough as hell, for sure. I figure if I got shot and was dying, it would not bother me that much.
But, i do NOT like gross, nasty , weak people. I admire Chinese and Indian people, who are like the regular USA people were in past generations. My best friends at work are Chinese. I have more in common with them than with other Caucasians like me.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by sanmac on 8/4/2011 at 8:27 PM
hi , i was born ,blind in my right eye , iam now 50 years of age , all my life i have struggled with this , iam not considered blind nor of perfect sight , it has effected me in learning , sports , jobs pretty much everything in my life , it is noticeable , as a child i have been called names , that has scarred me, anything that i have acomplished i had to worked twice as hard to get than most people , i have a good job , but i worry about the future
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by KaraChang18 on 7/29/2011 at 6:32 PM
Most of the teasing and jokes about my eye were when I was younger. No one really bothers me now that I'm older. Sorry about your detached retina, that's really bad luck :(
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by wdalsing2 on 7/24/2011 at 9:10 PM
Is that silly stuff against Asian people still true today? Or was that just in the past? I work with plenty of Asian people and they are more disciplined than the caucasians I work with. They are less spoiled and more curteous than the average caucasian. I am a caucasian by the way.
I was not born blind in either eye, but I recently had a severe detached retina and I am legally blind in the eye that was affected. Detached retinas severe enough to result in blindness are not very common either, so I keep revisiting what happened, thinking I must have messed something up. But, just bad luck.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by KaraChang18 on 7/23/2011 at 1:21 AM
I'm 18 and I'm blind in my left eye from amblyopia. I was born with Ptosis (droopy eyelids) and strabismus. My left eye was closed and severely crossed inward. I was born in poverty so I didn't see a doctor for several years. By the time I did the only treatment option was surgery, because I was already blind in my left eye. My parents didn't have the money so we just left it alone. I have gotten used to it.. but now that I'm 18 I eventually want to have surgery. The Ptosis is actually a blessing in a way because it hides my severely crossed eye. I still got teased growing up, but I feel it would of been worse if people could see both of my eyes. The teasing the hurt me the most was when people used my condition to insult my race. I'm Asian and some people would say things like: "Wow you are so Asian you can't even open one of your eyes" or "I know YOU can't drive!" And things like that. Ptosis has nothing to do with being Asian!
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by tomthao763 on 7/22/2011 at 6:29 AM
i have the same thing what you have. on my right eye it has a cloud blocking my vision and seems like i have no control of it either. it all started out when i was born i had 2 beautiful eyes and when i became 9 yrs old or 10yrs around there me and my brother had a fight and he punch at me on my right, soon right when he punch it blood came out it hurts like hell i didnt even went to the doctor which i dont know why...and thats how it started it out and im also bad luck in eye's yeah thats about it i think. oh and btw, im 21 yrs old now... and i do hate doing eye contacts with people also and you are not the only one :)
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by tomthao763 on 7/22/2011 at 6:29 AM
i have the same thing what you have. on my right eye it has a cloud blocking my vision and seems like i have no control of it either. it all started out when i was born i had 2 beautiful eyes and when i became 9 yrs old or 10yrs around there me and my brother had a fight and he punch at me on my right, soon right when he punch it blood came out it hurts like hell i didnt even went to the doctor which i dont know why...and thats how it started it out and im also bad luck in eye's yeah thats about it i think. oh and btw, im 21 yrs old now... and i do hate doing eye contacts with people also and you are not the only one :)
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by ValerieAnne on 6/29/2011 at 5:11 AM
Hi. I just saw this, and joined up just so I could reply. I am soon to be 27 and was born 3 months pre-mature. I was supposed to pass away that night, and the doctors actually told everybody to tell me goodbye. I was born with Gastroschisis, and was in the hospital until Christmas Eve (I was born in July). I had a number of surgeries, and was put in oxygen because I couldn't breathe on my own. Some how I either got too much, or too little oxygen to my left eye, and I've been blind in it ever since. I few years ago, at one of my eye appointments, I was told I had a catalyst in my left eye as well (the doctor didn't know why nobody had ever told me this before).
I don't think it's ever held me back, other than not driving, since I'm too scared that I will wreck into something/not turn enough/be too close to the edge, etc because I can't see it. I am finally ready to try to get my license though, but am looking into getting a car with the steering wheel on the right. As far as SSI/Disability goes, I got denied it, and was told that "I wasn't blind enough".
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by rjpsmom on 5/2/2011 at 1:16 AM
I find it absolutely amazing that there are so many responses on here!! :) I've felt so alone my entire life!! I am a 31 y.o. female and I was born with PHPV (persistent hyper plastic vitreous), which caused a cataract in my left eye, and my retina was not fully attached. Luckily, I was born at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, so they were able to do the best work possible. They removed my cataract but my retina detached.
When I was 2, I got my first 1/2 shell prosthesis. I had 4 more made by the time I was 8, but because my lens was removed during the cataract removal, I wasn't getting enough O2 to my eye. I went 20 years without wearing a prosthesis. I had a VERY, VERY rough childhood because of it.
Children can be so cruel! On the other hand, I participated and competed in gymnastics (15 yrs) and cheer leading (10 yrs), which helped me break away from my shyness.
Still, even adults can be just as bad. At the age of 28, I finally went and got another prosthesis, which was difficult to wear again. It's been 3 years, and now I barely take out the 1/2 shell, only to clean it basically.
The disease I was born with is so very rare. When I was 11 y.o., I was in a grocery store in my home town and saw a little boy that looked just like me! :) I stopped his mother in the frozen food section and asked her what had happened to his eye. I definitely caught her off guard, but it was true meaning to me that I am not alone; he was born with PHPV as well.
At 18, I became pregnant. Even though the doctors told my mother that the PHPV was non-congenital, I was still nervous and scared. I would never wish my childhood hurt upon anyone, especially my own child. Thankfully, I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy, with no birth defects. He is almost 13, great student, tons of friends, and also plays sports.
Life is always so full of surprises, and with going through all I have, I truly believe, even as hard as it may be, God never gives you something you can't handle!
Thank you all for sharing all of your stories!! :)
It helps to know that we are not alone!
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by StefSpinks on 3/2/2011 at 11:45 PM
Hi, I am a 28 year old Australian who is blind in my left eye. I had an accident when I was three where a thumbtack (pin) pierced my eye. I had a approx 10 operations from three to nine years old and the last one I had an intraocular lens stitched onto my eye. The doctors said if it the operation wasnt successful there was nothing else they could do to help.
I now have two different coloured eyes and my blind eyes pupil is shaped as a cats eye. I have always been extremely sensitive to sunlight and have worn sunglasses my whole life - I have a great sunglasses tan!
I have had no real negative effects except for being really bad at sports but Im not sure if that has to do with the eye (but its a great excuse!) I am lucky to have it happen so early so my judging of distances is better than if it had of happened now. My driving is not affected either.
I am now noticing people turning their heads when I speak with them, thinking that I am speaking to someone behind them and I dont like it! Also when I have a big night out my eye tends to travel out a bit and I can now see that the eye sits just off centre. My last trip to the eye doctor informed me that they do not offer operations to tighten the eye muscle for aesthetic reasons, only medical ones so fingers crossed the eye stays where it is!
I find that being blind in one eye and having the different colours is unique to who I am. I am lucky to have not been bullied at school, the worst I have had is the netball mums demanding I play without my sunglasses on.
If anyone is interested in chatting my contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The reason I got on here is that I am feeling a cloudiness on my blind eye, I obviously cannot see it but can feel it come and go and want to know if there is any reason for this?
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by LeChatNoir101 on 2/18/2011 at 2:02 PM
I am 24 and I have been blind in my right eye my entire life. When I was born the optic nerve in my right eye was a 1/4 the size it should be. Growing up I was told I was blind in one eye but I never thought about it and even forgot to tell my friends. People just assumed my wondering eyes was I sign of "ditzyness" and figured since I couldn't always look someone straight in there eyes I wasn't paying attention. I have a relatively high intelligence but always had a problem with reading comprehension on tests.( The ones where you are timed and have to read quickly and answer questions) I've always read a lot and could not figure out why I had such a problem. I don't know if a lot of other people struggle with this or not but I'm concerned especially now because I'm studying for the GRE and have a major problem with the Reading Comprehension section. I also have problems in interviews sometimes, I come up with the perfect answers but the employer is still turned off for some reason. I don't know if it has anything to do with me not being able to look the straight in the eye or not, but I don't even know how I should address it. Should I tell then from the beginning, I'm blind in one eye please do not be offended if my eye wonders? Basically, because my family and friends never talked about my blindness or allowed it to be an excuse for anything, I never thought about it. But now that I'm older I'm beginning to realize what effect it has on my life and I would like to talk to people who have been dealing with this longer than I have.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Con41 on 2/15/2011 at 3:41 AM
Aw it alright Hannah, I can't "control" my right eye still and therefore I can't see my right side vision very well, everyone just try and do what best for you.for there is no glasses that work for me >.>
I not sure why but my eyes are strange lately, I got dizziness twice when I come outside at school last week and lately my eye hurt whenever I go outside at school, I almost fainted( or blinded for short time) I kind of worry now... more strange things happen with my eye... I can't explain it...
Does anyone know why these things happen to me lately???
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by hannahnowell on 2/1/2011 at 9:16 PM
I was born blind in my left eye, and have to wear a prosthetic eye piece, because my eye refused to grow. I have an eye underneath my glass eye piece. I have never met anyone who has also been blind in one eye. I hate when I am trying to ask someone a question and they look around to see if I am talking to someone else, when to me it seems as though I am clearly talking to them. It might just be because I am a teenage girl growing up in today society, but having this "disability" totally blows, knowing that I will never be able to know what it feels like, if it feels any different to be able to see on the left side of my body haunts me. :/
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Con41 on 1/12/2011 at 7:28 PM
Um...Well i guess your right , it not a problem during childhood, however it became a problem in High school for i cant see the board with one eye, oh and am i the youngest one here?! *sigh* well if anyone is same or near as i am please respond and tell me your side of your story so i can say i not the only one XD, i trying my best and i still cant control my right eye, but at least it not hurting anymore =D, i am 15 and half now so um Respond if someone is same or near my age and have same problem! I might give advice for thoses in high school =) cause i doing good with one eye and surpisely good at dodging with one eye though that because i Great at defense =S, Good luck to ya all with your life and just try to work on solutions!
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by jc7string on 12/16/2010 at 7:34 PM
Hey everybody was born blind in my left eye too . currently working as a mechanic always bumping into things and getting hurt i play it of like I m a ding dong accident prone idiot . Recently applied for a truck driving job and was told no because i don't have 20/40 vision . My right is 20 but my left is under 200 now I m depressed cause this is what i wanted in life. good luck everybody.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Roguebsc on 11/13/2010 at 10:06 PM
Hello Guys, Its 4.46 am in Turkey and just signed up to write you a response. I am 26. I had a retina blastoma (a tumor) in my left eye when I was born. My grandmother found out that something was wrong with my eye when I was only 30 days-old. So after checking with doctors, my eye removed when I was 40-days-old. After that I always used a prosthesis eye. I didnt have any trouble seeing the world differently because I kinda saw the world with one eye only. I havent had problems during my school/teenage years cause I really dont care what people think. But sometimes, when a foreign person approaches u and asks u "Have u consult a doctor for your eye, looks different?" I freak out! Literally! "I am 26- OF course I consult an eye doctor in 26 years- Thank YOU!" Well, the worst part for me is the --little people. Children. I love them but never got close to them so much. Because they always keep asking me what is wrong with my eye? Non-stop! I hate those moments. And I am wondering only one thing... It aches my heart when I think about it but..." Will my kids think the same?" Will they take the same questions that I get - from their friends like - "What is wrong with ur moms eye.. "etc? I am afraid. So not for myself but for my future kids, I will come to USA, LA and get myself a couple of reconstruction operations and a brand new movement system :) Then I will be ready to get a baby in my arms without thinking if she/he will ask me the same question again. (Plus, they stare too much and too directly. LOL)
I am happily married for 2.5 years- He is my first love and he just kisses my eye when I am sad- he doesnt care that I have a blind side. To those ppl, who is sad about their gf/bf actions, dont! just dont! IF they treat u that way, they dont deserve you. You may not have a second eye but you are superior than those people. Just dont think of them.
All wish u all the best in your lives guys. You all deserve it!
Goodnight from Turkey.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Shrimp on 11/3/2010 at 1:56 PM
Hello, I'm 30 years old Thai graduate student in Hawaii. I also noticed that I can see only one eyes after I was about 10 years old. I'm from the poor family, my mom had me when she was almost 40 years old with hard working all 9 months. The doctor said that I will be able to help me with my left blind eye if I went to see them before I was 5 years old. However, I'm kind of worried when I have to talk with people because they always look back who I am talking with. It is quite effect my life too. I have no boy friend because none of them can accept what I am. Anyway, I don't really care now. I just do my best. Only one thing that I am worrying now is any affection to my right eye. So, some companies are quite open for all. They do have some job that people like us can work. Two of my friends are also blind, but they are such good at in technology stuff. They helped a lot about technology. and they work at the Christian blind Foundation in Thailand to teach blind students. They are so wonderful and having positive thinking about their life. I will follow them, serve my community the best as I can do.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Con41 on 10/4/2010 at 11:45 PM
I guess i kinda blinded in one eye , my doctors told me when i was born , i have illness which cause my eyes to lose sight when i get older(It almost lost sight when i became teenager) i couldn't use my right eye during my childhood."I am 15 now and still have problem but gonna lose sight of my right eye completly!!" so i might get a surgery to prevent it(probably in few months since it getting worse!). but yea i know how it feel.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by somedaydreamer on 9/14/2010 at 10:37 PM
I was born blind in my left eye due to an underdeveloped optic nerve and as a result, my left eye wanders... a lot!! I'm now 41 and I think being blind has made me who I am. Yes, I was teased as a kid. Yes, I had to work EXTRA hard at sports, but I made the traveling soccer and softball teams when I was a tween/teenager. I also played varsity for three years on my high school tennis and soccer teams. I trained my good eye to play any sport I wanted to play even though my depth perception was never like a normal sighted person. I'm a determined person and I never give up. I think it's because of my disability.
Anyway, I know how it feels to meet someone new and hope they don't notice my wandering eye, but they do. In fact, they also turn around to see who I'm looking at even though I'm looking at them. My advice...be who you are and honesty works wonders. When I meet someone new and they seem to be "thrown off" by my wandering eye, I tell them I'm blind in my left eye and they should look at my right eye. I'm blunt about it and I think they're more baffled by my honesty than my wandering eye.
I once pursued an acting career and I had success despite my wandering eye. I think it was my personality that got me the acting gigs and I was actually somewhat talented as an actress!!! Once I got my acting bug out of my system, I became a teacher and have been teaching in Beverly Hills Unified School District for over 15 years. As you can imagine, BHUSD can pick and choose who they want. They liked me because of WHO I AM and they were obviously able to overlook my wandering eye. I ALSO MADE A POINT TO LOOK AT THEM DURING MY INTERVIEW. Engaging in eye contact with a person is soooooo important especially during an interview. I'm sure they ALL noticed my wandering eye, but my confidence in my skills as a teacher and person paid off!
Every year when I get a new class of first graders, I tell them about my eye during the first week of school. Once I tell them about my eye, they no longer look over their shoulder to see who I'm talking to.
I know how you feel and I wish I could say that my wandering eye didn't bother me, but it does. I'm looking into surgery to correct it. Until then, I just have to be true to myself and recognize that I have accomplished a lot in two tough towns (Beverly Hills and Hollywood). Don't ever let your wandering eye take away your dreams. Go for it and believe in yourself! You may surprise yourself and others along the way!!!
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Colliflowers on 9/2/2010 at 2:11 AM
Hi! I'm 27 and was born completely blind in my left eye. I don't have an optic nerve in that eye. I had surgery when i was 4 to fix how my left eye used to wander so that you can't tell anything is wrong with me. Since I don't know what it's like to have vision in both eyes, it really doesn't bother me. It's irritating that I will never know what it's like to watch a movie with 3-D glasses though! My lack of depth perception always made sports very hard for me through high school. Sometimes someone will be trying to get my attention, while standing to my left, and think I'm ignoring them! I've told people before that I'm blind in one eye and they think I'm lying! I don't anyone that would actually WANT to be blind so why would I lie? Lol
I am sometimes self conscious about my eye when I'm tired and it gets very lazy, but I know it could be worse so I count my blessings! It would be nice to know what it's like to see with both eyes, but I've had a good life so far and wouldn't trade it for anything!
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by 1eyemike on 7/24/2010 at 10:34 PM
Hi,My name is Michael I was born with both my eyes,until my friend decided to shoot me in my right eye when I was 17 I am now 25. I do know what it is like to not look at people straight in the eye,always looking the other way or just making a comment about it.Sometimes it really does bother me especially since I was so used to having both eyes for most of my life.I tell u this, I think its worse losing an eye after being used to it so long,rather being born without it,but either way people still treat us the same way.That's why I made up my mind to just have it removed and have a prosthetic eye put in. I will be doing this in the next month or so.But for anyone that has to live like this I'm sorry.Just keep living life to it's fullest and don't worry about what others think.Because you never know they to may face the situation that we are in.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by IronbeckyKings on 7/11/2010 at 1:52 AM
I was born with my left eye blind. It apparently did not finish growing. It looks basically normal, although it is highly sensitive to light and it automatically shuts so I am usually squinting on that eye. I've done everything normal since my other eye is strong and aging appropriately. I've learned to compensate while driving although I do tend to clip things when walking--lots of bruises on my right leg.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by ForensicsGirl on 6/16/2010 at 3:06 PM
My jaw hit the floor when I read this. I have the EXACT same thing. I was borm three months premie and blind iin my left eye. I had cataracts and now cloudiness in the eye.
I cant definately understand what you are talking about. It just freaks people out. And I will say YES it does hurt your chances at a job interview. I've had to deal with it many times and I'm only 24.
And like you it didn't bother me at all until I got my bachelor's degree and had my pictures taken with my diploma. (full face shot of you holding the degree) I got my mother one and she hung it up in her house.
I came across the picture a few years later and my mother had used a sharpie to match my left eye to my right eye. I've never been hurt more than that.
I went out to the doctor the next week and asked about a prosthetic contact lens. They are pricey I think I paid about $500 for mine and they last about 2-3 years if you take good care of them.
I got the next two jobs I went on interviews for. No its not a perminent solution but coming from someone who knows exactly what you are going through. It helps definately!!!!!!1!
And if that doesnt work..sometimes when I blink the contact moves (I have deep brown eyes so its very noticeable) and someone will do a double take.
I'd absoulutely send you pics if you want to see what the lens looks like.
Keep your chin up ..... if someone acts like that you really dont want to talk to them anyways.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by dantolin on 6/15/2010 at 2:59 PM
Hey, I was born blind in my left eye, don't know why. Where the pupil is, there's a white dot. My good eye is dark brown, the blind one is a bluish-grey, and receded. I've worn an eye prosthetic since age 3, I'm 52. My dad always took me to eye appts. and acted like I was perfectly normal, which helped in growing up. I sometimes wonder the effect being half blind has on the brain, and problem solving, etc. Can't seem to find research in the area of one eyed blindness. The only time I feel self-conscious is when I'm talking to someone, usually someone I don't know very well, and they are looking at my prosthetic eye (which by the way is a very close match, and because I have my original eye still, there is about 80% movement in that eye) - I want to say, "Don't look at that eye, "it" can't see you!" And there are lots of metaphors and answers we can come up with for why we were born this way, what's the underlying purpose. I always seem to come back to looking out, looking in, if that makes sense. Peace out!
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by SexyT on 5/2/2010 at 9:02 AM
I am 22 years old. I was born with Amblyopia, which is basically a cataract. I was teased a lot during childhood about it, but since college I have learned not to listen to what other people say. I have lots of friends. I've had plenty of guys that overlooked my eye. Some people, who are ignorant, will have something to say, but like someone else said, "those who mind don't matter", live your life. Please be careful with your other eye, and everything will work out just fine for you. I'm happy to be me and i love myself. I'd say the only problem I've encountered with being blind in one eye is maybe there are certain jobs you may not be able to have, but for there are so many fields out there it doesn't matter! Love ya's and God Bless!
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by SexyT on 5/2/2010 at 8:59 AM
I am 22 years old. I was born with Amblyopia, which is basically a cataract. I was teased a lot during childhood about it, but since college I have learned not to listen to what other people say. I have lots of friends. I've had plenty of guys that overlooked my eye. Some people, who are ignorant, will have something to say, but like someone else said, "those who mind don't matter", live your life. Please be careful with your other eye, and everything will work out just fine for you. I'm happy to be me and i love myself. I'd say the only problem I've encountered with being blind in one eye is maybe there are certain jobs you may not be able to have, but for there are so many fields out there it doesn't matter! Love ya's and God Bless!
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by ALJ74 on 4/28/2010 at 6:04 PM
I was born with a cataract 35 years ago. I have had to use one eye my whole life and it is so frustrating,with all of the new technology,that an eye doctor tells me that even with removing it I would never see out of it anyway. Along with the cataract I developed a lazy eye. I can control it for the better part so I guess I'm lucky there, but I would really love to know if it is possible to have the surgery and have a chance at regaining some of my vision. Is it possible?
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by lefteye71 on 4/21/2010 at 1:56 PM
well i was born with 3 birth defects behind my left eye. And i had 2 have my eye removed at 6 weeks old to get to the birth defects. An i lost my eye.Ive had over 50 operations! Now im looking for someone to make me an eye patch the way i want them! God bless
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by bigshark13 on 4/12/2010 at 4:04 PM
My son, who is 8, was born blind in one eye. so far it has not slowed him down one bit. All A's and one B, he plays soccer, basketball golf and track. He has to wear a plastic shell over his eye to stimulate growth in that area of his face. I often wonder if his life will be any different but his friends don't worry about the little girls thinks he cute and cool and his teacher say he is a model student. I guess only time will tell what his future holds. It seems life is difficult for all teens no matter what.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by vision211 on 2/27/2010 at 6:30 PM
Hello Everyone!!! I'm also blind in one eye, but I have family and friends who love me, and that really helps. I do get shy around new people at first, but when people get to know who you are INSIDE, they don't worry about the OUTSIDE. "those that matter won't mind, and those that mind don't matter" It goes something like that.lol
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by LivingOutProv31 on 2/3/2010 at 9:17 AM
I was born 2 1/2 months early. I have septo optic dysplasia along with panhypopituitarism. I am looking for a good doctor who knows about both of these conditions and knows fo good treatment options. Does anyone have any suggestions.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by Mike99 on 1/26/2010 at 9:01 PM
Hey guys, I'm 26 and have been blind in my left eye since 9 months old due to a tumor. So I have a huge scar to go with it on my head. Going through school and jobs all I can say is I have never had a real problem. Yeah sometimes when I'm talking to people I'll notice them looking at my left eye (which looks normal but can't control it well.) I just keep talking like I don't notice. Definitley got made fun of at some points in my life but can't see anyway of avoiding that when I was a kid.
I've always avoided eye contact. Sometimes I'll catch myself talking to someone and looking right at them and just look down. But I always look my friends in the eyes because they dont care how I look, I mean I have stories I can use to embarrass the crap out of them lol.
I sometimes forget I am blind in one eye because of how good my friends are. This is the first time I have ever even talked about this to anyone. I mean half my friends dont even know I'm blind cause I play it off well enough. If anyone wants to talk or anything email me at email@example.com.
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by ckane13 on 1/15/2010 at 3:02 PM
I was born blind in one eye because of RH factor.
Laid off after 24 years at company and now looking for work and want to find out what i can do about disable
acts or ???
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by beccawhizkid on 1/12/2010 at 7:22 PM
To answer one question, you are considered visually impaired. The criteria for legally blind is having 20/200 vision or less with corrective lenses in the better eye with a visual field of 20 degrees or less. Your ophthalmologist can classify you as well but you are undoubtedly disabled. You are probably even eligible for a white cane if you need one.
To the initial subject- I only have central vision but I was born that way so I am used to it. Today I walked into a curb and I had never realized that other people could see what is below them if they are looking straight ahead. Also, people are always asking me why I have to turn my whole head to look a certain way all the time. I am always honest and say that I can't see out of some parts of my eye.. People who don't know me are always telling me not to read with my head so close to the page and stuff. Don't be bothered by it- just remember that what works for you is okay.
Re: Is it a disability?Posted by ChrisWoj on 1/11/2010 at 11:38 PM
I'm having trouble finding this online. I know that having less than 50% vision is a disability - but is being blind in one eye and having crappy (but good enough for corrective lenses) vision in the other eye considered a disability? I was pistol whipped and left blind in one eye about three and a half years ago...
I was just filling out a job application and it asked me if I had a disability, and that leaves me wondering: legally is being completely blind in one eye (my retina was crushed) considered a disability?
Re:Anyone Born Blind in One Eye?Posted by msk5 on 1/10/2010 at 5:17 PM
hey there! i understand how you feel! i hate making eye contact with people, i was born three months too early and i can see well out of my right eye but my left eye was bad, it had some vision but nothing ive ever been able to use and now im 18 and have had many surgeries on it in the past year and theres a high chance i will go completly 100% blind which woulnt bother me since ive never used the eye anyway. but anyway i understand how you feel! hope to hear from you soon :)
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