What can you see?
April 18, 2014 3:44 AM Subscribe
My boyfriend is legally blind. He was born with cataracts in both eyes and has moderate to severe astigmatism in one of them. I'm struggling to get some idea of what he sees.
posted by heavenstobetsy to Science & Nature (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
He had a few cataract surgeries as a child (late 60's and early 70's). He says were ineffective or botched. I'm not sure if the astigmatism was always there or if it was developed later. He walks to work or takes the subway/street car. If we're walking together I'll warn him about dips or elevated bits of sidewalks under my breath (up, pothole at your 2, etc), but otherwise, he's okay on his own. He can read if the font is big enough and the material is close to his face. We've been to a couple different eye doctors and were told that the combination of the cataracts and astigmatism made surgery not an option. If anyone has some insight on that, I'd be interested as well.
Basically, I'd love to have a better idea of what/how he sees. I ask him every now and then, "Can you see that?", which can give me a frame of reference, but it's not the most fun question for him. Since he's had this problem since birth it's hard for him to describe what he's seeing. Everything has always been blurry.
I guess what I'm looking for is some sort of cataract + astigmatism simulator? What might the combination of those two conditions look like?
Thanks in advance and my apologies if this is really disjointed.