working with glaucoma

Hello, I currently have glaucoma in both eyes, as well as a multitude of other eye issues. I currently work part time at a local coffee shop. I have just started and I'm having alot of difficulty seeing the screen where the drink orders come up on. I've gone through multiple jobs in the last few years because my vision is rapidly declining due to the glaucoma. I feel like a burden to my employer because I need help reading the screen on the computer. Does anyone have advice on how to cope with vision loss and not feeling like such a burden? Is it normal to feel depression and anxiety about glaucoma and vision loss?.ThanksShi much for allowing me to get my feelings out.

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Re: working with glaucoma

You consult the doctor.

Re: working with glaucoma

Hello and thank you for your question.

Based on personal experience from working while losing my vision, the feelings you are having are quite normal. The loss of vision is a major life event that can bring about all sorts of emotions, and painful as it might be going through the process, there is help.

I remember in the early stages of my vision loss feeling fearful, angry, depressed, lonely and hopeless. I couldn't imagine spending the rest of my life with diminished vision and being at the perceived mercy of others. When I reach the point where my day-to-day struggles where agonizing I had an honest conversation with my retina specialist who then referred me to a low vision specialist. The appointment with my low vision specialist in conjunction with Pennsylvania's Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services was the turning point as he recommended devices & trainings that would assist me on the job and at home thus allowing me to regain most of my independence.

Having ZoomText installed on my computer allows me to zoom in to enlarge screen contents and using the reader portion of the software enables me to have contents read to me. A handheld video magnifier is very helpful when shopping, reading menus, instructions, etc. I also was given these cool telescopic eyeglasses that I could use when reading hard copy and lastly when it became necessary, I was given Orientation and Mobility training which allowed me to learn how to navigate using the white cane.

The marvel of today’s technology is enabling people with vision loss to do remarkable things. For example many of my computer savvy blind friends are very adept at all sorts of software including the use of the iPhone. Which brings to mind another aspect of acclimating to vision loss and that is what you’ve done today by reaching out to VisionAware.

In addition to working with my low vision specialist, networking and getting involved with others who understood my plight was paramount to becoming comfortable living with my vision loss. VisionAware is a very comprehensive resource for any vision related questions or concerns. We have a number of Peer Advisors who understand and are empathetic to those new to vision loss.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you have any further questions or need more specific information please feel free to reach out. Help is only a keystroke away.

Thank you.

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