As a young student in the U.K., Andrew Bastawrous was curious and bright, but to the surprise of his teachers, he struggled with schoolwork. The mystery was solved when, at age 12, an optometrist tested his eyesight and found that he was severely visually impaired. Andrew remembers his first moments wearing glasses: “For the first time, I saw that trees had leaves on them, and that night, I saw stars in the sky that took my breath away.” Worldwide, 36 million people are unable to see, with 80-90% living in developing countries. What's more, 80% are blind from causes that are curable or preventable. Andrew realized early on that for many people, eyesight treatment was not easily available and he desperately wanted to help.
While we can't win against Mother Nature, some strategies can minimize the damage. Avoid self-prescribing with, say, off-the-shelf reading glasses sold at drugstores, says Gary Etting, an optometrist who specializes in vision therapy in Los Angeles. People often select glasses that appear to make things clearest, he said. But this may be a stronger prescription than they need, which can encourage their loss of focus to go faster.
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Seeing beyond blindness, a family built by love (with biology and adoption), schooling, homeschooling and unschooling, being honest when life isn't so rosy, Christ's love pursuing us and most importantly, cuteness for the grandparents.
I grew up playing drums in rock bands and night clubs, worked as a reporter and now write for myself. I've had to deal with hearing and vision disabilities for the past several years. Hopefully, my thoughts recorded in this blog about life's unexpected changes will inspire others.
In this blog you’ll find all sorts of entries from adjustment to blindness to technology to sleep deprived ramblings to Tampa Bay Rays baseball to missing spoons to sobriety to posts about my incredible guide dog. Blogging is immensely cathartic for me and while I might go weeks without posting,
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I have been involved in the world of disability all my life, if you count living with low vision. Over the years I have worked on a fair number of disability issues and have developed some strong views on many of them. Post yours and let’s engage in some intelligent and respectful discussion and debate on our disability passions
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