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The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss


A collection of stories by people who are living with vision loss.

“The Way We See It: A Fresh Look at Vision Loss” is a centennial collection of 65 original stories, essays and poems, written and published for Vision Loss Resources’ 100th anniversary. The authors run the gamut from a 12-year-old boy, to a professor, to parents, to a wellness coach. Their book is a candid, insightful, honest and in-depth look at how people deal with one of the most challenging disabilities anyone will ever face: vision impairment.

They paint vision loss with a palette of positive emotions and outcomes that may surprise readers. The writers’ ability to come to terms with vision loss and deal with adversity is celebrated while they all acknowledge the continued challenges of their conditions.


Quotes from the Book

“As the egg cell in my mother’s ovary began its maturation, the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes began to separate. […] Her copy of chromosome 22, which carried a mutant gene, went into the egg cell that would be fertilized later by my father’s sperm. […] [M]y twenty-nine-year-old mother had no clue that she was even carrying such a gene and had passed it along to me. Both of our lives would be profoundly altered.”

-Debbie Wygal, “Swimming in My Gene Pool: A Biologist Confronts Vision Loss and Heredity” p. 19

“Pale yellow straw grass
Looks the same as the sidewalk,
The same as everything:
That’s why I can’t see.
Where did the dark green go
That outlined a white path for me?
This is a hard drought.”

- Tara Arlene Innmon, “It’s Because of the Drought That I Can’t See” p. 50

“One day, while taking a timed test, I soon realize that the results of my test would not reflect an accurate indication of my abilities. I explain my situation to the instructor. He tells me that if I can not take this test, I will never make it through school, and even if I do, I will never find a job. Again, I spend the evening in tears. But again, I rise with a new determination. I think, ‘Who does he think he is? God? He is trying to limit my life according to his measly expectations. I will show him what I can or cannot do.’ And I do!”

-Linda Leanger, “The Importance of Positive Influences in Our Lives” p. 70

“I decided to go to a new clinic, where I saw a young doctor, who immediately said, ‘You have macular degeneration, and you are going blind.’ Then, he turned and left. I felt appalled and shocked. I couldn’t believe that he’d just walk out without offering me an explanation. I’d never heard of macular degeneration before, and I hadn’t dreamed that such a disease could happen to me.”

- Marion Friedman, “Life Beyond Vision Loss” p. 98