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Looking for others who are blind in one eye, even for different reasons.

Hello all,
I am Completely blind in one eye. Actually, it's, my optic nerve which was unrepairably damaged. As I understand it, the eye itself is ok, it doesn't know it's "message" isn't being delivered. It moves around as I tell it to. But the end result is complete darkness, not the brightest of light comes through.

It's strange that since this happened, I haven't until now even Googled at all looking for place like this. I've worked hard at accepting my injury, not asking for anything as a handicap or special treatment. The acceptance in terms of self-image, for one, I've found, more difficult. How it happened, I'm still learning how to carry the story.

6 years ago I was kidnapped, assaulted, and left beaten in an abandoned warehouse. Pieces of my skull were lodged in my brain. I walked to the police station when I came to consciousness. They took me to the hospital, I was in Intensive Care for 12 days. Had two brain surgeries, they said I was lucky to be alive.

After I healed, I went right back to where I was in my drug abuse. As the years went by, I kept myself and my pain and discomfort, dulled and nulled with all the substances out there. I found out that benzos and speed kept me right. Lucid oblivion I came to call it. Not until 5 months ago, my 2nd arrest, and subsequent trips to jail and rehab, did I come to understand this. Still sober now, and feeling things I kept nulled for years.

I'm happy about my recovery. I'm doing it because I truly want a different life. I've fulfilled the legal stuff, except still on probation, and if I wanted to cheat that, I did it before. One thing I've learned is getting sober, has to be for yourself. Not for parents, spouse, kids, judges, or even friends dying. One of my best friends of my entire life overdosed and died last Christmas, after being clean for 8 months.

Anyways, I wanted to share my story. I'd love to hear any ideas for other places to share and connect. I believe one of my purposes is to help others, and I'm just beginning to see / look for how I may do it with the stories of my injury, its effects, my addiction, and recovery.

They have everything to do with each other. Thanks for reading!
Ben


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Left arterial eye occlusion.



Was born with a heart defect. Have had three
Open heart surgeries at 18 19 and 20. The
Way my doctor put it was its like having a
Stroke. A clot went and lodged itself behind
My eye. I am fully blind in my left eye and with
Glasses my right eye is 20/25. Without glasses
My vision is horrible can hardly see anything.
My retina specialist told me my issue normally
Happens to people 50 and over and within
Five years they lose the vision in the opposite eye too.
That being said he told me im still young so its
Not likely to happen. Hes the type to say something then
Turn and say oh but theres nothing to worry about.
I asked about me getting a guide dog to help me
But he wont sign for me to have one. Im not even
Bothering asking him for any more thoughts of
Anything that would be helpful to me. I know he isnt
A big help. Hes even told me to make an appointment if
I start having eye pain or headaches. Ive called and he
Just says theres nothing anyone can do.
So im not sure why he told me to call to begin with.
Anyhow thats my story.


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I was born with sight in my right eye but not my left, and i had strabimus. Living with it; i never knew i could get it fixed. I had my strrabimus fixed and now there is a slight lean but i was born with no sight in my left eye.


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I am currently blind in my right eye due to a brutual assualt. I had several operations over the years. My retina first detached when I was 15. I was doing fine until the assualt which caused my retina to detach in several spots, it wasnt a successful surgery for my vision. My eye still has movement, just absolutely no vision. Im 23 years what I dont understand are the pains and how to deal with them. Ive accepted being blind, I would just like to be comfortable as well.


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I was born with Optic Nerve
Hypoplasia so am blind in my right
Eye. I know no different as I have had it
my whole life. I have a professional
career, drive a car, and do anything
I set my mind on. It would be a very
Traunatic experience, I would think, to
have perfect sight then lose sight so
dramatically. Your story is inspirational,
Ben, and I admire your attitude and
wanting to help others who have gone
through similar experiences. I wish you
all the best on achieving your goals.
Lesleigh ?


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Hello Benjamin,That experience in the warehouse sounds really frightening.I am not a drug addict but I have an eating disorder,binge eating its called.Its kind of like where your addicted to food.But I am blind in my right eye. It happened in the past 5 years.I hit myself in the eye a couple of times.I am slowly losing my vision in my left eye too,due to the same reason.Its like a compulsive disorder, this feeling I have to hit myself. I was wondering,do you know braille? If so how did you learn it?Well,I hope you are doing better


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I was born completely blind in my right eye. There was a nerve that never developed. I used to wear glasses just for protection but nowe I have to wear them because I put so much strain on my left eye over the years. My story is different than yours because I was born this way and never knew what it was like to see out of both eyes.


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Hey Tammie!

I haven't found anything new, Generally speaking. Still working on it!


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Hey Ben! Just wondering if you are checking back in on your post? I would love to hear if you have found any other opportunities/leads for what you want to do. I think what you want to do is awesome and I would really love to hear about any progress.
Tammie


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Hi Ben, I am starting to think that this site doesn't like me. I responded to your post but it hasn't popped up yet. I had that happen on a few other too (I'm sure it has nothing to do with operator error, LOL!!). If it doesn't pop up soon, I will rewrite it again. Tammie


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