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Low Vision Travels

“All men by nature desire to know. An indication of this is the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from their usefulness they are loved for themselves; and above all others the sense of sight. For not only with a view to action, but even when we are not going to do anything, we prefer seeing (one might say) to everything else. The reason is that this, most of all the senses, makes us know and brings to light many differences between things.”

Getting Things into Focus Helping Low Vision Travelers

After searching for information on low vision, I decided to start this site with the intention of help travelers with low vision. My vision loss came suddenly – you may read my story here- and I had already had travel plans. I learned through the immersion method. Certain aspects of travel that were so simple before weren't quite as simple with vision loss.

Trying to be proactive, I searched for information and found mostly generic information. One of my favorites was a site that said that people with low-vision are able to leave productive lives. Well, sensitive person that I am, I found that rather condescending.

I know from my own vision loss that neither of my eyes see in the same way. That leads me to believe that low-vision manifests in many different ways. In fact the formerly good eye is now the bad eye. I met with a low-vision specialist and got a few tips and even a recommendation for glasses to help with my small plot of cleared vision remaining in my formerly bad eye.

My hope for this site is to help others with low vision plan to travel in a less stressful manner. That's saying a lot because if my experience is typical, then stress is just part of the picture. If you live with low vision, please feel free to share any travel tips that you may have.

One way that I deal with my vision loss is to sarcastically use words that refer to vision, which turns out to be quite a few. I am not offended when somebody using any such words. I assume that some people have my best interests in mind when they ask me whether I have seen a specialist or asks if I need stronger glasses.