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How To  Cope With  Visual Impairment  by [Tongue, Alan]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 393 KB
  • Print Length: 57 pages
  • Publisher: Alan Tongue (27 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EYJG7I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #371,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Yes indeed, your eyesight is a precious gift and one that most of us take for granted. Certainly that has been my experience until, over the last 10 years, my wife has suffered from a degree of Macular Degeneration brought on at a fairly early age of 42 (similarr to the author) by Sarcoidosos - basically an immune disorder that can affect the eyes. All information regarding eyesight is valuable and I wish I had had access to this little gem of a book some years ago.
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Being told your sight will be diminished in any way is devastating to the recipient of that news. I was told I had background retinopathy in one eye after a routine diabetic eye check-up, which shocked and scared me beyond belief as I imagined a future where my sight deteriorated to possible blindness. I am extremely fortunate that my initial diagnosis has since reversed itself, but when I thought I was facing a future with diminished eyesight, I was devastated at the effect I imagined this would have on my life.

Alan Tongue is a man for whom this new was, unfortunately, very real and his eye sight degeneration was not reversible and would deteriorate with time. However, his psychological and emotional strength and resolve is amazing and he has dealt with his condition in an incredibly head-on and practical way. He has chosen to help other peopme in a similar predicament by writing this book and sharing his experiences, including his initial reactions to hearing the news that he has macular degeneration and is likely to lose a large majority or his sight. However, despite his concerns for the future, he gets on with things, learning ways to adapt and cope with his condition. The most difficult decision of "hanging up his car keys" is a life-changing and extremely difficult situation to be in and one which he confronts and deals with of his own accord, coming to the conclusion that that is the right thing to do (without being told by a professional that he must) whereas most people would (understandably) bury their head in the sand and refuse to acknowledge the painful truth that this is the case and continue to drive until they are 'banned' by authorities.

This very brave and real portrayal of his journey is one which should be read by, not only people in a similar situation to Alan, but anyone and everyone, if only to have a greater understanding of people in this situation and to appreciate what so many of us take for granted.
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An interesting & informative book that I would recommend to anybody who lives with or knows somebody with reduced vision.
The book made me aware of several issues that I had not thought about previously. These include ways that macular degeneration affects a person & tips of how to help that person in day to day living. I also learnt more about the condition.
Don't think this book is only relevant to macular degeneration. Although Alan suffers from that condition, there is lots of information that is applicable to people with reduced sight due to other conditions.
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