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Making the decision to leave my current occupation due to Macular Dysrophy

I am currently a paramedic and have been for 10 years, my disease proces has been slow and now has seemed to stop, there is not enough research to say if this to will change. My dilemna is, is my vision impaired enough to give up such a rewarding career. I by no means want to jeopardize anyone so I have asked my co-workers if they notice that I am lacking in my skills to tell me, they agreed. However, I am not comfortable with the increase in floaters and being blinded by some lights. Has anyone been put in this situation, if so please help.
Thanks, Lynn

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Re:Making the decision to leave my current occupation due to Macular Dysrophy



Hi Lynn,

I think this is an issue that every working person with low vision deals with. Should I leave a career because I may not be able to perform at my best? The stress can become unbearable, and when it does you will most likely want to quit just to end the nagging doubts and fears. The truth is, only you know when you've had enough. Don't rely on other people to tell you its time for you to leave. In your line of work, that could be dangerous. Instead, gradually look into other occupations. If you know for certain that there are other things you can do, the transition won't be as traumatic. Occupational rehabilitation services are a risk-free way to learn new skills without driving yourself into depression.


Re: Making the decision to leave my current occupation due to Macular Dysrophy



I work FT in a career center for my company and I can tell you unemployment is HIGH! Dont leave your job until you have another one guaranteed. My best friend who is sighted gave up his good job at the begining of the recession in order to start a work at home business that failed and is now living with me. A sighted person living on the wages of the blind. It's been a year now and I dont know if he is looking hard for work. Im thinking for work or not.
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