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Blind in one eye

Im canadian, but could not find msg boards so i figured someone here will be able to help me, I was diagnosed with keratoconus in both eyes, the first eye to go was the right eye.. i had a corneal transplant and had 20/20 vision in both eyes, then i received an injury to my eye and my retina was detached, i was informed yesterday i will require a glass eye. Im told in time i will need a cornea transplant for my left and only good eye. I was wondering if anyone has any tips for what i should do. should i get assistance? can i drive.. thx for any advice

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when i was 15 i had catract surgery the doctor took the catract out and my pupil splatterd and he never put the lense back in im now forty and still cant do nothing about it the eye doctor said both of my eyes are healthy how is that when i cant see out of my left eye?


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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!


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I've been blind in my left eye since I was 5 years old due to an unknown eye infection that literally came out of nowhere. I was really reluctant to get a prosthetic eye at first, when I was younger, but now that I'm 16, its been three years that I've been wearing it 16 hours a day. I can participate in any sport a normal person can and have played competitively in tennis and field hockey. Its been hard to overcome my self consciousness when it comes to my eye but I'm getting more and more used to it.


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My optic nerve stopped growing at birth and have been blind in my left eye since birth. I am now 35 years old and sometimes think my left eye is getting better. I see 20/400 but can now see 20/100 to 20/200 with a contact and if I try to focus. My good eye is 20/15 and I think offsets the other. I have always played sports throughout school and up until a few years ago couldn't see a 3d movie. Now with the improved movie glasses I have been able to experience the 3d effect and it is wonderful however I wonder how much different it would be with 20/20 in both eyes. My parents didn't know about my eye until I was 5 and the window for possibe improvement had passed. There are no lasers that will work for my condition yet and it has not really hampered me. I have been hired for many jobs where I though eye sight would limit me however I either pass the test or they don't ask because you can't tell I am blind in one eye. It is not lazy and is the same size etc as the good eye.

Driving: I have had dl's in AR, FL, VA, MI, AK and CA. Off all these states the only one that had an issue was CA. They required me to take a ROAD TEST at 32 years old. Boy, was that nerve racking! Anyway, I passed with no restrictions although FL did require an outside mirror limitation. Today, I take my DOT physical although I am not sure I will pass the vision as I have my CDL for bus driver.

Anyway, I am married and have 3 wonderful children so it has not hampered me at all!


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I sustained an eye injury when I was 12 years old which left me with one eye. There are several things which limit you as you grow older you have 0 depth perception which can be adapted to you cant see 3-D but who cares. Career wise you cannot be security for the government you cannot join any branches of the military. What you can do is get a driver's license, get a CDL, be a pilot, be a fireman, and several other other non life threatening careers. I am 27 years old now and have adapted very well. My peripheral has broadened and there isn't a weapon I cannot shoot or use.


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I was born blind in one eye. My optic nerve never connected to my brain. That is the nerve that pretty much enables you to see. I am now 15 years old and I am doing great. I record Christian Rap songs and am one of the keys to my basketball and baseball teams. God has a plan for me.


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Well, I am seventeen at the moment, and ever since I was two years old I have been blind in one eye. I had ocular cancer, and my eye was removed. I have grown up with it so maybe its just me but I dont actually experiance many problems (Except catching balls etc, they ussually hit me in the face :D) I remember having therapy after the operation and what not for it, I was practicing balancing, catching balls etc. Now I dont even notice it, it feels almost like its normal to see this way. I havent yet learned to drive but worries me is that people say you cant drive if you are blind in one eye, I hope thats not true.


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Hi,my name is Darlene and i am 50 yrs old .I lost my sight in my right eye back when i was in college .I have adjusted to it but at times it has been hard .I have a few blind spots in my good eye and here lately have noticed a lot of floaters to in it . I was have been trying to work all i can but here lately even with glasses it is getting hard to see .Is there any assistance that i can help when it gets to where i can no longer see.I had a detached retina and am getting a little worried about my other eye now .


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Hi, I'm blind in one eye. I was sledding and crashed face first into a cabin when I was only 7. There was a lot of swelling in my optic nerve in my left eye which caused me to become blind in one eye. I'm 13 now, and have learned that I can overcome anything. I play competitive soccer, but wear a protective face mask/sports goggles. When I tell people that I'm blind in my left eye, they are amazed because they would've never guessed. I'm just like everybody else, but had to go through tutoring for a few years because I had a little brain damage. The only problem is though, when I'm putting on makeup, it's a little hard!


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i was shot with a paintball when i was 13 and i have been blind in my left eye since then.
although i still got my licience when i was sixteen and continued to play sports. ( player of the month for high school basketball twice!)

bottom line: you can still drive and do anything someone with 2 eyes could do, it just takes time to get use to your knew depth perception.

the only advice i would have it pertect that healthy eye!
losing both eyes would be worst case senario


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You just have to learn to compensate. I lost my eye when I was 16. At 19 I started driving semi trucks. I currently travel and tow a 31ft trailer. Beyond ~2ft I have the same depth perception as anyone, I just have to move my head more to compensate for the decreased field of vision. Trust me, your brain can figure it out.


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Of course you can drive! My oldest son had an accident about two months ago and suffered severe head trauma... so much so that he was left blind in his left eye. The Docs just told us that is optic nerve is irretrievably damaged and no surgery could do anything to help him. He also mentioned that aside from his depth perception he'd be a normal 4 year old (including being able to drive someday).


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Being blind in one eye isn't so bad. Since the day I was born, I was blind in my right eye. I can't get laser eye surgery because my eye and retina(sorry bad spelling) are perfectly normal. My vision is 20\20 in my left eye and 20\400 in my right. But my hearing is above average, I can tell who entered the room without evening seeing them, and my life hasn't been affected by it, except not being able to join the army. Well I hope everything goes well for you.

Sincerly,

dgodsey


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I am late to the party I realize, but I have been completely blind in my left eye since I was three...those mean neighbor boys and their rocks! Anywho...I played D-1 college football. I played every sport imaginable with little or no effects. Lots of pro football players have been blind in one eye. God created his little body to adapt. By the way, I was an awesome free throw shooter in high school. Depth perception was not an issue for me. Be encouraged!


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Hello I am ajay
I read your problems like same problem i have so please read my story and become my friend too becasue i dont have friend so i need a friend by this way. I know the way i am using is not right but i dont know what should i do because some person told me that internet friend is not a true friend but i dont have other way please read


my story.

I am 24 year male
During my childhood when i was around 3 years old my mother was sewing some cloths with a needle. Unfortunately my mother happens to be sitting so close to me that she accidentally injured my eye unknowingly. As she was not aware of my sitting to close, this was the most tragit incident that left me and my right eye to much badly injured leaving my right cornea totally damaged that i had to live a life of same and dishonor. The community where i used to live in was a community of rural and uncivilized people who frequently tortured me by telling me hurting words about my disability. The time of sadness and depression was to long for me telling from spanning from my childhood to my youth. Being a son of a forest guard i was so poor that i could not even afford a artificial eye. This took me almost 6 years of handwork to bye artificial eye and me. I hope that this much of chapter as regards my life would help u to understand me more closely. I think the words even are proved to be light and useless to explain that trauma of my life and my sufferings.
With Regard
Ajay Singh Rajput
61,Yahoda Nagar Behind Electronic complex
Indore (M.P.) INDIA

email- ajay_chemist@yahoo.co.in


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Have you checked out the main page of this web site? It is http://www.afb.org/default.asp
You could call the local association for the blind in your area and rehav center. They will help you find resources and support group for you and your family.
If he has adapted already he will be just fine. There will be small changes. Is his lose of sight due to an injury or eye disease? Remember knowledge and training are the keys to success and independency for him.


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you probably wont be able to drive, but depending on where you live there should be public transportation for people who cant drive


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We just found out my 9 year is blind in his left eye (yes, just found out) he has adapted so well and somehow passed elementary school screenings until this year. I was just wondering what this is like and how I can help him. He is a good student and loves sports. He does well in both. How will being blind in one eye effect these two aspects of his life in the future. His right eye sees 20/20 and the left 20/400. I would left feedback.


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If you are blind in one eye, you may still be able to drive. It all depends on the visual acuity of your "better eye".

dc_blind_03@hotmail.com


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