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Insurance to cover emergency medical return flights?

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]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2016 - 17 answers

Could it be that my cabbage was never capable of cabbaging?

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]
posted by lollusc on Sep 16, 2016 - 5 answers

Juvenile Glaucoma, Panic Panic

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]
posted by Andrhia on Dec 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Blindness translation to and from dreams?

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]
posted by tilde on Dec 26, 2013 - 16 answers

What have I done to my eyes?

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]
posted by kestralwing on Oct 22, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I survive on a pittence while returning to school?

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]
posted by Ephelump Jockey on Jan 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Blind Writers?

Do you know some professional writer who is blind from birth?
posted by - on Nov 15, 2011 - 11 answers

If I don't figure this oue soon I won't be able to see it anyway

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]
posted by Venadium on Sep 14, 2011 - 34 answers

Descriptive video for videogames

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]
posted by marble on Jul 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Dealing with life in an extreme panopticon

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]
posted by Net Prophet on Jul 9, 2011 - 31 answers

Art about blindness?

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.
posted by mortaddams on Jan 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me give a friend what she needs during a tough time

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]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jan 18, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I best prepare for my imminent blindness?

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]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2010 - 20 answers

She waited a year to tell me this...

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]
posted by geckoinpdx on Oct 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Adjusting to loss of sight in one eye

Adjusting to loss of vision in one eye - and another related question. [more inside]
posted by crapples on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 answers

What would you do with your last ten years of sight?

How can I prepare myself for likelihood of being completely blind by the time I'm 35? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2010 - 51 answers

Am I going blind?

Am I going blind? [more inside]
posted by coldblackice on Aug 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Why can't I stare at the sun?

What evidence is there that staring at the sun makes you go blind? [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet on Jul 15, 2010 - 19 answers

What did the blind slaves do?

In the U.S. slavery system, how did blind slaves work?
posted by coizero on Feb 15, 2010 - 10 answers

My EYES! What have you done to me EYES!

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]
posted by orville sash on Nov 28, 2009 - 10 answers

What chance does our cat have of recovery after seizures and coma?

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]
posted by geekgirl397 on Jul 23, 2009 - 20 answers

Careers in the dim future

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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2009 - 7 answers

What the **** happened to all the lights?!?!?!

How do I rationalise the prospect of suddenly going completely (and permanently) blind? [more inside]
posted by parjanya on Apr 1, 2009 - 31 answers

Risks of T1 Diabetes and pregnancy

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]
posted by mccn on Jan 30, 2009 - 17 answers

A glass darkly

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?
posted by Artw on Aug 10, 2008 - 12 answers

Please help.

Are there any famous or not-so-famous epidemics with blindness as an indicative symptom? If so, which? How and/or why? [more inside]
posted by srs on Jul 6, 2008 - 14 answers

Is my cat abnormally stupid, or is she a little blind?

Is my cat abnormally stupid, or is she a little blind? (note: I'm leaning towards that she is stupid) [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Jun 16, 2008 - 44 answers

Sudden partial blindness -- what's it like?

Are you blind in one eye? Please give a newbie advice. [more inside]
posted by creasy boy on Nov 22, 2007 - 18 answers

these tired ol' eyes o' mine....

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]
posted by oigocosas on Jul 31, 2007 - 18 answers

Clap if your momma loves you

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]
posted by BE ADEQUITE on Jun 8, 2007 - 19 answers

Temporary vision loss after exercising

Why did I experience temporary vision loss after exercising at the gym? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Jun 4, 2007 - 19 answers

Crazy visual anomaly

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]
posted by phrontist on May 31, 2007 - 27 answers

Helping to cope with blindness at the end of life

How to reach out to someone who is going blind, when you can't be there? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on May 22, 2007 - 14 answers

Could schizophrenia protect against blindness?

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]
posted by srs on Nov 3, 2006 - 15 answers

What do Blind people find sexy?

For most people, physical attraction is visual. So how do Blind people become attracted to someone in the absence of visual stimuli? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Aug 30, 2006 - 13 answers

How did Blindness win a Pulitzer?

Can someone explain to me why Blindness by Jose Saramago won a Pulitzer? [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Aug 7, 2006 - 12 answers

Progression of a feline uveal tumor?

CatFilter: My 17 year-old cat has a uveal (ocular) tumor. [more inside]
posted by amro on Jan 16, 2006 - 11 answers

Our landlord wrote a curse on a Post-it and stuck it to our doorframe. What now?

Apparently, our landlord has put some sort of a hex or curse on us. What would your response to this be, if any?
posted by jeb on Dec 9, 2005 - 87 answers

overcoming obstacles filter

My brother-in-law's sister has a beautiful six month old baby that was recently diagnosed as blind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2005 - 6 answers

What would a blind world 'look' like?

What if most people were born blind, and seeing was rare? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on May 27, 2005 - 43 answers

Percentage of blind since birth persons who are homosexual?

Interested in percentage of blind since birth persons who are homosexual. [mi] [more inside]
posted by billysumday on Feb 16, 2005 - 7 answers

How do the blind see in their dreams?

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?
posted by davebush on Jan 31, 2005 - 7 answers

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