I recently suffered a detached retina in one eye. This is a condition that needs to be treated immediately or I risk blindness. There is an increased chance my other eye will suffer the same fate. [more inside]
I am in Sydney, Australia. In the last week of April I planted seedlings that the garden centre had labelled as cabbage. They produced big beautiful leaves, but never headed. I assumed it was because it never really got properly cold. I was planning to rip them out soon, but they got taller and taller, and now they have started to produce thingies on the stem that look a lot like brussels sprouts. Could it be a mix-up with the seedlings? [more inside]
My second grader might have juvenile glaucoma. Our insurance is changing at the beginning of the year. How fast do we need to proceed? [more inside]
I am a quite vivid dreamer, but one of my reoccurring themed dreams is me going along, usually in a vehicle which I may or may not control, and going blind temporarily while travelling in that vehicle. I'm used to them, but does going blind during vivid or lucid dreaming at all related to blindness caused by TIAs? [more inside]
This afternoon I was running some errands. Much of the time I was driving directly into the sun, and now I have a blue smudge in the middle of my vision. What's happened? What should I do? Wait for it to get better, walk around with a mask over my eyes, rush to the ER, start planning for a life of semi-blindness? [more inside]
Job hunting and money hacks for less-than-shoestring budget while returning to school? Help me not become a fatality of class warfare. Very complicated and snowflakey stuff inside. [more inside]
Do you know some professional writer who is blind from birth?
Idea(s) for a tattoo: Stories, myths, folklore, symbols/icons, quotes, lyrics, that deal with blindness or feature blind characters. In the case of a quote, it doesn't necessarily have to be by an actual blind person. [more inside]
Descriptive video for the blind and visually impaired... for videogames? Does this exist? I’d like to do it. I know there are a million videos of people playing videogames around, but I'd like to do ones tailored for people who can't see. [more inside]
I'm a blind person, and being around people who see makes me feel uncomfortable. Help me figure out strategies for how to fix this. [more inside]
Do you know of any interesting examples of visual art that focus on the experience of blindness? It seems to me that it would be an interesting paradox to make a visual statement about a lack of seeing.
A friend had some devastating news this week: she is losing her sight and (symptoms indicate) it's due to multiple sclerosis. I am young enough that I haven't yet helped friends through serious illness and lifelong physical disabilities, and I would really appreciate some advice on how I can give her the support that she needs, both in terms of practical matters and the realm of feelings. Much more detail inside. [more inside]
I am already blind in one eye, and blindness is slowly progressing in the other eye. I can still see, but I'd like some tips on how to prepare myself for total blindness. [more inside]
Any suggestions to help my (unemployed, uninsured, high-risk) mother get insurance or assistance with apparent macular degeneration? Difficulty: she's in California, I'm in Oregon and we're both broke. [more inside]
Adjusting to loss of vision in one eye - and another related question. [more inside]
How can I prepare myself for likelihood of being completely blind by the time I'm 35? [more inside]
Am I going blind? [more inside]
What evidence is there that staring at the sun makes you go blind? [more inside]
In the U.S. slavery system, how did blind slaves work?
I know YANMED (you are not my eye doctor) but why the hell is it harder for me to see after my prescription was updated? [more inside]
Cat in recovery from suspected poisoning. Came out of post-seizure coma, now has suspected blindness, partial paralysis. What do we do next? [more inside]
I have some long term degenerative eye problems that may result in blindness over the next 10-20 years. What are some fields in which I could prosper despite this potential handicap? [more inside]
How do I rationalise the prospect of suddenly going completely (and permanently) blind? [more inside]
As a Type I diabetic, the two risks of 1) passing the genes for diabetes through the population and to your child at a 100% greater risk than in the general population and 2) pregnancy-induced retinopathy (which could eventually lead to blindness) make me seriously doubt whether pregnancy is a viable option. How did other people think about these issues, and what made the difference in making this choice? [more inside]
When and why did it become the convention that blind people would wear dark glasses? Would the purpose be to hide the eyes or to act as a signifier of blindness? Is it something that is done less these days and what are the reasons why?
Are there any famous or not-so-famous epidemics with blindness as an indicative symptom? If so, which? How and/or why? [more inside]
Is my cat abnormally stupid, or is she a little blind? (note: I'm leaning towards that she is stupid) [more inside]
Are you blind in one eye? Please give a newbie advice. [more inside]
best surgical procedure for extreme near-sightedness (-12 diopters) + mild astigmatism? best doctors in sf bay/napa area? your own "blind but now i see (or dont, as the case may be)" cautionary tale? thank you as always excellent mefite mind. [more inside]
I learned in various sex-ed classes that some STD's, if undiagnosed or improperly treated during a pregnancy, can cause blindness in infants. Can you tell me more about this? [more inside]
Why did I experience temporary vision loss after exercising at the gym? [more inside]
WTF-Filter: The left side of my visual field is being overtaken by what can only be described as... a crawling anomaly. If you imagine the sorts of random colors and shapes you see under certain circumstances with your eyes closed, or in the dark, it's like that... except there is also a feeling of movement... as though everything is sort of undulating kaliedscopically. The anomaly tracks along with my eye movement... so I can't look at it... it's always in my periphery. [more inside]
How to reach out to someone who is going blind, when you can't be there? [more inside]
This research claims that there aren't any blind schizophrenics. Basically, it says that blindness could protect against schizophrenia, but because of typically later age of onset for blindness (mostly results of glaucoma and macular degenration), I wonder if schizophrenia could somehow protect against blindness. Does anyone have an opinion on this? [more inside]
For most people, physical attraction is visual. So how do Blind people become attracted to someone in the absence of visual stimuli? [more inside]
Can someone explain to me why Blindness by Jose Saramago won a Pulitzer? [more inside]
CatFilter: My 17 year-old cat has a uveal (ocular) tumor. [more inside]
Apparently, our landlord has put some sort of a hex or curse on us. What would your response to this be, if any?
My brother-in-law's sister has a beautiful six month old baby that was recently diagnosed as blind. [more inside]
What if most people were born blind, and seeing was rare? [more inside]
Interested in percentage of blind since birth persons who are homosexual. [mi] [more inside]
This has puzzled me for a long time. People who've been blind since birth - how can they dream images? Do they? Without a visual history for reference, how can it happen?