Re: Medical Disabilty/Contracting/Jobs

Subject: Re: Medical Disabilty/Contracting/Jobs
From: "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com
Date: Sat, 09 Jun 2007 22:12:47 -0400

FWIW, loss of peripheral vision or narrowing of the field
of vision is most commonly caused by glaucoma. The
high intra-ocular pressure seems to preferrentially
damage the retina where it is thinnest, around the

>From: "Pro TechWriter" <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
>To: "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
>CC: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
>Subject: Re: Medical Disabilty/Contracting/Jobs
>Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2007 08:15:56 -0700
>Oops. Wrong description. The type of "tunnel vision" that removes
>vision is what I meant. Thanks to Fred for correcting me.
>On 6/8/07, Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
>>I don't mean to be argumentative, but your description of
>>macular degeneration is exactly backwards. The macula is
>>the central, high-resolution area of the retina, and when it
>>degenerates it causes blurriness and eventually total loss of
>>*central* vision, while peripheral vision is largely unaffected.
>>Macular degeneration is a particular devastating form of vision
>>loss specifically because it takes away the ability to read, and
>>even to recognize faces because much of our visual pattern
>>recognition ability is specific to the central vision area.
>> >From: "Pro TechWriter" <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
>> >To: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
>> >CC: Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
>> >Subject: Re: Medical Disabilty/Contracting/Jobs
>> >Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2007 17:23:08 -0400
>> >
>> >Hey Al:
>> >
>> >Knowing you, I am sure you did not intend to hurt anyone's feelings or
>> >insensitive at all. Most people don't understand the terminology for
>> >blindness (or deafness either) unless they know someone who has this
>> >or unless they have been educated about it.
>> >
>> >Having worked for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission years ago, I
>> >some things that a lot of people don't know about disabilities. Well,
>> >also my experience, but I'll get to that in a minute.
>> >
>> >One misconception is that "legally blind" means "can't see at all."
>> >is
>> >usually not true.
>> >
>> >Without vision correction, I am classified as legally blind, because I
>> >a vision range of about 6' from the end of my nose without glasses or
>> >contacts. "Legally blind" starts at about 20/200 vision. My vision is
>> >20/450
>> >in one eye, and 20/475 in the other--uncorrected. With contact lense
>> >correction, it is about 20/40 or so. I do, however, work at my computer
>> >without my vision correction sometimes, but I sit close to the monitor
>> >
>> >Some relatives in my family have macular degeneration, a form of
>> >They can see directly in front of them (as if in a tunnel) but do not
>> >any peripheral vision. They can work at a computer very well, but cannot
>> >drive a car.
>> >
>> >It's a matter of degree, I suppose. I think there are assistive devices
>> >that
>> >will allow people with "low vision" to do documentation quite well,
>> >magnification and voice recognition technology, or even dictation that
>> >someone else transcribes. I would think that a talented technical writer
>> >could work around vision issues.
>> >
>> >Anyway, I hope the explanation helps someone.
>> >
>> >Best,
>> >PT
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