Joel Burcat contracted non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy in his left eye in July 2016. This disease caused permanent blindness in that eye. While he could still see, he could no longer see well enough to read out of that eye and the disease made correction–either through lenses or an operation–impossible. On January 7, 2018, he contracted the disease in his right eye. He is now legally blind.
“Although I am glad to say that I am not profoundly
blind and can still see well enough to conduct most daily activities, I can no
longer read print from a book or paper and cannot drive a car. I was forced to
retire from the practice of law. I am able to read back-lighted print from
a monitor or screen if it is bold and large enough. Also, I have this
yard-wide, ultra-high def monitor that really helps. I make extensive use
of Dragon dictation software, but editing is a bitch. I am making the
best of it. I give enormous credit and my wish of strength and peace to anyone
afflicted with a disability that has an impact on their life. Until
you have a disability, you really do not know what that is like.”
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