IamA 25 y/o going blind (but I have a neat-o eyepatch) , AMA!
I was diagnosed with glaucoma and macular degeneration back in '04, the day before I started high school and on the 4th anniversary of my father's passing. I'm a pretty fun dude. I'm basically going blind slowly and my eyes are very sensitive to light (especially the left one, hence the eyepatch). I'm great at parties. My left eye is already 99% gone and the other is making it's way closer and closer to being a useless piece of goop in my head. I am legally blind in the "good" eye and can not drive as a result. If I didn't wear the patch I would would look seemingly normal. Problem is, that's not the case and I am quite blind (I'm just good at faking it. But seriously, get your eyes checked, kids.). You won't offend me, so ask whatever you like! The way I see it, this can only help me better explain my situation to strangers (which is a regular point of confusion for most).
My Proof: http://imgur.com/au0A2iL
EDIT: Totally gonna slyly put my Twitter/Instagram handle here and pretend I'm not totally cashing in on this unexpected awesomeness from you all. @AlexOldhouser
EDIT 2: Sorry I'm from the future, you guys. I was up too late and wrote the wrong number. down. ...Or did I?
EDIT 3: You guys are so awesome! Thanks you for making me laugh, cry, and question humanity's choices. I'll keep answering questions for as long as I can. Also, I hope you guys don't mind if I plug my TV podcast "Almost Cancelled" and my Nintendo podcast "Super Podcast 64" Again, you guys are seriously making my day here!
FINAL EDIT: Alright guys, I gotta call it. My eyes are REALLY feeling the strain of this 6 hour AMA. So sorry to the people I didn't respond to... I hope you can forgive me! Please feel free to message me on here or Twitter if you need someone to talk to or just someone to bullshit with. You guys have truly been amazing. Peace & Love. -Alex Oldhouser
SUPER FINAL EDIT (For Real): I've noticed replies still coming in, a lot asking for advice or if their symptoms match up with mine. For me, the sight loss happened fairly quickly over the course of a month or so. Tunnel vision and blurry text in books were the biggest tip-offs to get checked out. It took a few doctors before someone finally sent me to a glaucoma specialist and I was diagnosed. To be perfectly honest, I was 14 at the time and I don't remember a lot of the technical aspects of those doctor's visits (I was mostly in shock for it. I've gotten too good at zoning out of bad situations that require a lot of patience). Maybe I should make an effort to sit down with my mom and write out the whole experience from her side. Anyway, point is: GO GET YOURS EYES CHECKED! No one can see what you see except you!
Thanks again for yesterday, one of the best in a while. -Alex