One of the worst things about my vision loss is the falling. I have lost most of my depth perception. When I am walking, I can’t see changes happening underfoot. I don’t notice curbs or steps. So, I fall down. A lot. I talked to my retina specialist about this depth perception problem and he told me I’d just have to be more careful. So, I try to be careful. It’s so embarrassing (and painful) to fall down. I take a step but the sidewalk has shifted and I go down. I hear the sharp intake of breath from onlookers as I hit the ground. I want to tell them that I am not clumsy or drunk, but I just stand up, say that I’m fine, and get out of there. Just be more careful. Walk more slowly. Hold onto someone’s arm, if I can. Get used to this. This is my life now – low vision living, bruised knees, bruised ego.
I am going to see my optometrist today and I will ask him about this depth perception problem, to see if he has any suggestions. He is low man on my hierarchy of eye doctors – behind the opthalmologist and the retina specialist – but he is practical and helpful and may have better advice than “just be more careful.” Hopefully, he will be able to fine-tune my contact prescription so that I can see better than I have been. My rs doesn’t hold out much hope that I can achieve better correction, but he said that I could give it a try. The good news is that this visit will be painless, with no shots in the eye, no dye injections, and no bright lights boring into my eye. Just a nice visit and, hopefully, a little better vision. And no more falling down.