myopic macular degeneration


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.

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?

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