Macular Degeneration and Me

Low Vision and High Hope

In Life, No Limits

It’s amazing what you can do when you have a clear vision of what you want.  This clear vision is  why people with visual impairment become film directors, writers, knitters, painters and photographers.  It’s why Alan Lock completed a 1000 km trek to the South Pole even though he has macular degeneration.  It’s why someone who has been blind since birth can take up fishing, rock climbing and fencing.

But what is clear vision and where do you find it? Besides eyesight (physical vision), the dictionary definitions mention perception, intelligent foresight, and imagination.  Add to that the capacity to dream, the gift of optimism and belief in yourself …… a pretty fair definition of clear vision, I think.

Where do you find clear vision?   Not available at the mall, or online, or in a tube, all these things are found within your frame of mind or your vision of yourself.  Sometimes discovering your clear vision takes time but it’s worth the effort to find out what you are capable of doing or being.

To those of you newly diagnosed with a vision problem, thinking clearly may be the last thing on your mind.  Take the time to understand, educate yourself as much as possible and reach out to others who can help.  Find people who can inspire and motivate you and stay away from the negative.  Then you will be ready to find your clear vision.

While I was researching for this post I thought about the most difficult thing someone with low vision might do and decided that fencing and rock climbing would be almost impossible.  Was I wrong.  Watch this short video with Cory and other young people learning to fence.

NEXT UP:  Some thoughts from Ian Lawton’s If You Can See It You Can Be It

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