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Low Vision Assessment and Rehabilitation

Visual Loss from the Patient's Perspective

Dr. Cole had not had annual diabetic eye examinations. He had no suspicion of an impending problem until the vision in both eyes suddenly worsened over one to two days. "I couldn't read. I couldn't drive." He was referred to the eye clinic.

"I figured I would become totally blind for the rest of my life. Many diabetic patients I have had over the years have gone blind. I felt very depressed the first two weeks or so. After that, I had pretty much accepted the fact that my work was going to take more effort."

"There was more stress at home. The family couldn't accept the fact that I couldn't see well, and I just couldn't help out, couldn't do the carpentry, and couldn't help my kids with building their houses. My wife has been understanding, but it's been difficult that she has to do so much more."

"I continued with my practice. My established patients were very supportive, but I may have lost some. Work was difficult at first, particularly writing receipts, and doing the daily log and booking schedule. I particularly had problems with reading journals. With all my assessments and treatments, I was having to be away from work a lot."

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