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Coping with vision loss

Loss is hard at any point in life and when you are faced with the loss of one of the five senses it is even worse.  What should you do? How do you cope? Why should you contact me for help? 
I’ll answer the last question first:  I have life experiences with this type of loss as well as an understanding of the issues  surround this coping process.  
Sensory loss is always difficult and takes adjusting to. This may mean time for allowing yourself to grieve the loss. Losing vision is most likely in a tie with hearing loss for the difficulty in adapting.  It is vision that I will focus on. 
Stop and consider the role vision plays in your daily life.  You need it to eat, clean, drive, walk, read.... You use it for everything.  Most of the time you don’t even think about your vision; until it becomes an issue. 
When you start to have a narrowing field of sight, when you find out that you could wake up blind...your relationship with daily life changes. This can include changes between you and your significant relationships.  
Vision loss may cause a great many thing to happen and change in your life. You may become angry and depressed, or agoraphobia (fear of leaving the home) may set in. Things may change in your social behavior and your friends might not understand what you are dealing with so some may distance themselves.  Some people turn to alcohol to cope. These are just a few of the examples of what can happen.  
Many people find that talking about what is going on is one of the better solutions. Some couples and families also find that seeing a professionalconsultant or therapist who understands the issues can be  a huge relationship saver.  It can help with the adjustments that you are going to have to make. In working through what is going on will also enable you to create an environment in which you can explain to others what you need for support.  
Discovering what type of support you need, working with your doctors, and a rehabilitation program are all part of the process.  Adjusting to this new way of being will take more than days, weeks or even months. It will take as long as it takes.  You will do it at your own pace as each person is different.  
Being able to negotiate this massive life change with a professional who can guide you with their own experience, can make it easier. Some reactions are common and other reactions to vision loss are unique to the person losing the vision.  This is a process that will challenge the soul on multiple levels.  There is hope and it is all about life balance and taking it one day, and one event at a time.  

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