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To My Friends at the Sony Forum

gurtch

Well-known member
To Friends & Family: Yesterday I had a life altering experience. While at the gym working out, I had a stroke to my left eye. I had a long standing 3:30 appointment with my ophthalmologist. I called and said it was an emergency, and they brought me in at 1:30. We were told by the doctor that the top and bottom of the retina is supplied by separate blood vessels. I had a stroke in the top half vessels, which cut off the blood supply. I have vision in that eye only in the bottom half of my vision field. It is like a line were drawn through the middle of my eye. The top half is 100% opaque dark grey. I see nothing. Below that I can see. While being examined, I told the doctor if I looked straight ahead at the door, I could see from the door knob down to the floor. From the door knob up, I saw nothing. It is inoperable, and permanent. The real bummer is that I am left eye dominate, and used that eye to view and focus my cameras.

The human brain is a wonderful thing. I will adapt to having only vision in 1 1/2 eyes. My cameras have adjustable eyepiece diopters, so I can set up my cameras for right eyed use. Vertical shots will be tricky. With left eyed shooting, I would turn the camera 90 degrees clockwise to view. Right eyed verticals I will have to turn the camera 90 degrees counter clockwise, so the camera body does not hit my nose.

Golfing should be a real experience, although when I look down both eyes should be able to see the ball, but nothing above the ball. When I hit it and look up, my left eye will not be able to follow it to the sky. That's why we have golf buddies to track it for you.

Using a graphics stylus pen to retouch Photoshop subjects will be a challenge, as my left eye sees only about 1" of the bottom of my monitor, and my desktop, nothing else.

Going to "3D" movies would be a waste of money, as one must have binocular vision to have depth perception. From experience, the brain knows a smaller object in front of a bigger object is closer, so I have"imagined" depth perception. Today I put something in the trunk of the car. When I reached up to grab the trunk to close it, I missed it! Two trys to close a trunk.

This is not going to ruin my life style if I hang in there, which I will. Sharon loves me. What else do I need?
 

iiiNelson

Well-known member
Thanks for sharing your situation and I hope/pray that you continue to have a great quality of life despite health issues.
 

pegelli

Well-known member
All the best gurtch. I do admire your attitude to keep enjoying life and hope you keep enough vision to create the photographs in your own distinctive style.
 

scho

Well-known member
Dave,

Very sorry to hear about the loss of vision in your left eye. You seem to have the right attitude and will adapt to the situation. Keep on shooting and posting!

Best regards,
Carl
 

Slingers

Member
Sorry to hear this. Wishing you all the best and I look forward to seeing your images being posted again.
 

Knorp

Well-known member
That must have been a horrible experience.
I hope you soon get used to right eyed shooting, Dave.
Take care and all the best.
 

gurtch

Well-known member
Thank you all for your good wishes and encouragement. The day after the stroke, I made a 20"x30" and 24"x32" print with my Epson 7890 printer. I was able to set the printer up and feed the roll paper properly. Next day I mounted, matted, and framed the prints for an exhibition I have coming up. The lack of depth perception led to several humerous (you have to laugh so you don't cry). The picture hanging braided wire I use is on a big spool. I cut off what I need with wire cutters. When I attempted to do this I missed the wire. I use light pencil to title and sign the mats. I had trouble seeing this. I will try a clamp on high intensity light on my work bench when I sign and title the prints. The hangers that screw onto the back of the aluminum frames I use have a 1/8" diameter screw with slotted head. I could not get the screw driver in the tiny slot. The corner hardware has Philips head screws, which proved to be much easier to use. I made some snapshots with my camera set up for right eyed viewing. After setting the camera up, and going to take snapshots, I instinctively raised the camera to my LEFT eye.So far so good. Thanks again.
Dave
 

Godfrey

Well-known member
All the best for your will to persevere, Dave! You have the right attitude, may the strength of will never leave you.

It's a one way trip. We can only move forward, or be still. And being still is death.

Strength to you!
G
 

Pradeep

Member
Replied to you on the MF forum Dave. It is a setback but you will adjust and adapt, the human body and the brain in particular has an amazing capacity for recovery. We hope to see more of your work soon. Best wishes,

Pradeep
 

gurtch

Well-known member
First use of my camera "right eyed" and first attempt to edit in Photoshop right eyed since my stroke in my left eye. I am left eye dominant, so everything seems backwards to me, but I am managing.
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First use of my camera "right eyed" and first attempt to edit in Photoshop right eyed since my stroke in my left eye. I am left eye dominant, so everything seems backwards to me, but I am managing.
Beautiful!

Better than most of us can do with both eyes!
 
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