by Ida Yearby
As a child, I often had many problems and wore
glasses since I was 10. I have poor muscle control, am far sighted in one eye
and near sighted in the other. I have RP in both of my eyes. I can no longer
read books as I have Ocular Hypertension and prolonged reading, or looking tires
my eyes and causes pain to the eyeballs from the pressure. I was forced to retire
from work and can no longer drive. I have tunnel vision and I also have faded
out sight. What I mean by faded out sight is that I cannot recognize colors
and everything seems to be a light gray color. I have to wear shades whenever I go out into the sunlight.
My eye doctor has listed me as legally blind in both eyes and I wear Tri-focals and have been for the past 10 years and I'm now 52 years old. I have learned how to cook and do other chores around the house using my hands as eyes. I don't cross the street without using my ears as eyes. I can still stay by myself, but when I go out in the public I have to have help in buying groceries, clothes, etc. I don't recognize people anymore, therefore I rely on my ears to determine who they are.
Since I was born with this disease, even though
I was not labeled as having RP 52 years ago, I have learned how to handle myself
in all areas of my life. I can't recognize money by sight. With coins, I measure
them by their size