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CYCLOPS - BLIND IN ONE EYE

Hello everyone, my name is Donna and I have been blind in the right eye since I was 3 months old. I am the poster child for " don't run with scissors". I come from a large family and one of my siblings was playing with them when it landed in my eye. As you know most children are born with blue eyes. One brown eye, one blueish grey with a lot of white scar tissue (calcium) and no pupil! Growing up this way I was called Cyclops, one-eye, I was told my eye was disguisting. The surgeon who did my eye, saved it, but he didn't know what kind of life I would have with such a damaged eye. I always thought people with two good eyes saw double. I never thought I could see 3d movies. My teenage years were the worst, no one encouraged me to drive like they did my siblings. I really cant blame them, I walked into walls, turned into open cabinets, it was tough for everyone. I have a lot of stories about growing up this way, but I want to let you all know I SURVIVED! I dated, I got married and had a beautiful daughter. Yes, I hold my head to one side, yes I drive, yes I live. It took a lot to do the things people said I never could, but the brain is amazing! The brain accommodated me loosing the sight in one eye. I realize that I do see real life 3D, who cares about the movies.. I know those of you who lost your eye later in life, have a hard time adjusting. I was lucky, YES LUCKY, I know nothing else but vision from one eye. But no matter when or how, our brains work out what we need, and with a little knowledge and mirrors set up a certain way, you CAN DO Anything! I work on computers all day, I just rest my good eye. I see an optomologist twice a year ( I have a risk of glocoma, in my good eye) If you have questions, i'll try to answer them. or if you want to comment ..please be nice (smiling) This is the first time I have ever posted my story. Stay well my friends!


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Thanks for posting your very positive reaction to your blindness in the one eye. I am 55 years old and became totally blind in my left eye at age 17 due to a car accident...I had hit my head so hard during the accident that I severed my optic nerve, rendering it useless. At first it was very surprising as I had no depth perception, but as the years have gone by that is no longer an issue (98% of the time) I have perfect vision in the other eye. My biggest concern has always been how it makes others uncomfortable because the eye does drift outwards.(ugh!!!) Another take on this tho..and someone else said it on this page somewhere...we are not totally blind...this is big! And..what with the kind of accident I had..major head trauma...I could be brain dead or have died etc etc. so in trying to look at it this way it kind of softens the blow. I work in health care and have to deal with people face to face all day long. I try to make the best of it
Thank you for your post.


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I am turning age 60 in a month or so and back in 2012 I got shingles behind my left eye and the left part of my head that took my eyesight. The pain was so bad that I pulled my hair out on the left top of my head. Now I've lost my left eye due to shingles and it shrinks day by day. I can't see anything out of it except occasional light where it looks like I'm in a heavy for and at night I see a chasing light around the rim that goes round and round my eye. I don't know what that is, except maybe electrical pulses from my brain. I take Neurontin for my pain, that I have, on a daily basis, but sometimes I can't stand the nerve pain in my head and scratch like crazy. I now have lost my eyesight for 7 years but atleast I had good eyesight most of my life. As I understand it, you can get shingles move than once. I'd rather have shingles any place other than the head. The skin is so thin on your head and being so close to the brain you feel the nerves so much easier. I thank God for the time I did have with both eyes. I've noticed I have to close my eyes a lot, the wear on my single eye, that has to do for 2 is not good. I wish everyone luck. There is nothing one can do to change your situation or mine, so do what you can do and don't worry about the rest.


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Hi. I lost my sight in my left eye in my mid
20's. I'm 45 now. I use a prosthetic contact
lense that looks really good. Or I will use an
all black out black contact lens. Looks a little
devilish. Fun.. I'm working as a photographer
and am an aspiring filmmaker.
I understand it sucks.
But i made the best of it. What other choice
Is there. Own it..
Any questions im here.


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Hi one eyed wonder,
Nice screen name . Sorry if this comes out weird, my screen reader sucks. Are you still thought of as different from your sister?


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I'm actually blind in one eye. It happened when Iwas 13. I ran into a tree and a low hanging branch cut through my lower tear duct and cut my optical nerve. I'm 16 now, I somehow play receiver for my high school football team and I love being blind in one eye. I'm actually also a twin well I'm a boy and my twin is a girl. But it's hard to feel like your own person and being blind in one eye, I feel like I'm treated like a different person than my sister. I like this a lot because people used to just call us the twins


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He'll everyone , I'm hoping that she me one is still active on this page . I'm a mother of twin boys at 5 months and found out one boy is blind in one eye , I have so many questions to ask , plz let me know if anyone is reading this ? Thank you


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I have a unique situation of this... I am blind in my left eye, my optic nerve never fully developed so i was born that way. the eye itself is totally fine however, its just the connection. But anyway, here i am 24 years later and for the last 2 years i have started to get a small amount of vision in my left eye. It started as terrible headaches, like someone was sticking an ice pick thru my eye into the the back of my head! they usually only lasted 10 to 30 seconds though. And then i saw flashes of light, blobs of movement... and now if i hold my hand really close, i can see the spaces between my fingers, see the movement of my hand, or someone passing by at close range. Colors are just barely starting to come out too, its all very dark. The best way is a wall of one color, and the opposite wall another color and then i can tell the difference. Also now, my vision will distort a little in the "center" close to my nose is the best way to explain it. Its a little confusing sometimes for sure. Ive also noticed ive become a lot more light senstive. Has anyone else ever experienced anything like this? Any wisdom to offer? Anything is appreciated.


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Hi, I was born blind in one eye from Peter's Anomaly which you can have either in one eye or both I happen to have it in one eye and paritally in another. I too have grown up using vision in one eye and overly straining the good one. I have recently had to fight yes fight for my right to have a mobility cane to help with my orientation issues. I also have High functioning Autism and I just wanted to tell you how brave you are for sharing your story. That I can relate to the whole bumping into things and people though I have never driven.


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You inedeed have done well for yourself. Lots of people who are totally blind with no light perception would be happy to have as much vision as you do. It is good you overcame your concerns and those of others and are happy and doing well in life.


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Your story was very helpful to me. Ive been struggling with deciding if I want to drive only having vision in one eye. I had a complication from one of my eye surgeries leaving me with only the ability to see a bright light being shined in my left eye. Everyone seems to have an opinion on whether I should drive or not, and it was good to hear that you drive with only vision in your one eye. I was wondering if you take any special precautions? Do you do anything differently when driving? My biggest concern is no peripheral vision. Any feedback or tips would be great. Thanks


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Read a story regarding this issue http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Am-Blind-...


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