Until I came down with cataracts vision imparement was something I considered as an abstract. Something suffered by others. To be taken account of, but not really worried about.
I have always had good vision, which I have used to good, or bad, purpose depending on your political opinion.
Recently (January 2015) I had need to address sight loss myself. I began to have trouble seeing this site and others. I began having trouble seeing my emails. I could no longer drive safely.
Did it scare me? Damned right it did.
Having had an operation on one eye now and awaiting a date for the op on the other eye, i can come back here. I can see the site again.
How does that make me feel? Pretty good. The loss of this mad mob. Not being able to access my favourite chat site was a hell of a wrench.
I have always been pretty much a loner and never cared if there was no-one there, but this was different.
Previously isolation was my choice. This was enforced. I had no control.
OK. let's be practical. What can be done to help people with my affliction?
I found that glare is a problem, so a darker background assists greatly. I managed to stay on Skype throughout my problems purely because i was able to create a black background to that site which reduced glare and meant i could (just about) see what was being said.
No! this is not a winging monologue. At least that's not the intent.
I got through this because I had a few friends who managed to stay in touch. I was not isolated.
There is another chat site where changing of the background colour on the chat rooms is a standard feature.
Rob. I urge you to consider that option here for the benefit, not of me. I'm in recovery, but of any other sight impaired members who use this sight as a lifeline.