In discussions about understanding vision loss, you’ll commonly hear phrases like visually impaired, low vision, or legally blind. I make reference to each of these terms a lot in my posts and social media. I even have it in my Instagram bio. But what do they actually mean, and and how is it determined what category those with vision loss may fall under?
Most of my vision-centric posts on this blog so far have focused on the more dramatic of my conditions, myopic macular degeneration. But after seeing my ophthalmologist last week, I had the harsh reminder that the underlying cause of my MMD still comes with it’s own frustrations. Most notably, the relationship between pathological myopia and visual acuity.
When trying to explain myopic macular degeneration to people, I receive the same question time and time again. “What does myopic macular degeneration look like?” I typically use the phrases “distorted central vision” or “shadowy areas”. They are accurate descriptions, but can be difficult for those not diagnosed with macular disease to really visualize.
Previously, we discussed some of the basics of myopic macular degeneration. I hope that helped provide those of you who have been diagnosed (or know someone who has) a general understanding of what this condition is. For my other myopic degenerates, if you’re like me, after being diagnosed you may have wondered: what can I expect at my macular degeneration appointments? So let’s chat about it!
As I stated in the beginning, one of the ways I wanted to use this blog was to educate people about pathological myopia and myopic macular degeneration, and giving a general overview of the basics seems like a good place to start.
If you’re like me, approaching your 30s makes you question a lot about what’s in sight for your future: What’s the next step in my career? Do I have enough in savings to think about buying a house? Are my feelings going to change about starting a family? How many days in a row can I get away with microwave popcorn for lunch?
One question I wasn’t expecting to ask: How much longer before I become legally blind?