Monthly Archives: September 2013

About Alexia

When I first heard of hemianopic alexia I thought for a wild moment it referred to a person (there is a name Alexia)! But it actually means problems with reading caused by homonymous hemianopia — loss of peripheral vision on … Continue reading

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The Captcha in Their Eye

Since my vision became impaired and I’ve had to stop driving I’ve been signing up for various online services. On a new website yesterday evening, after I’d set a username and password, there it was: the dreaded ‘captcha’. These little … Continue reading

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The day I put a cardboard box over my head

In the days immediately following my sudden loss of peripheral vision (see the “First day”) I found any bright light or moving object in my right visual field almost unbearable. These stimuli seemed to leave miniature copies of themselves which … Continue reading

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My brave blind student

I’ve been thinking a lot about a blind student I worked with a few years ago. Let’s call him Jack. Jack was diabetic and totally blind. He relied on JAWS screen reading software for his studies. He also had a … Continue reading

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Doubt and guilt

A couple of days after having what I thought was a small stroke, I woke in the early morning worrying. I was now partially sighted. But suppose when I got up next morning my peripheral vision had miraculously returned? I … Continue reading

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Me and my Shadow, or The Doppelgänger

I’m very grateful to several people who pointed me to the book ‘Hallucinations’ by Oliver Sacks and also made me aware of Charles Bonnet syndrome. CBS is very common amongst people with vision loss, although until about 20 years ago … Continue reading

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Getting to know my helper dragon

I love my helper dragon. As soon as I had discovered my sight loss I thought about what assistive technology could do for me. There is a free iPad App which is called Dragon dictation. I downloaded and tried it … Continue reading

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