One of our aims in supporting people with artificial eyes has been to encourage the sharing of stories of eye loss.
We’ve had a great response so far, with many people agreeing to publish their stories on our site. The number of stories is growing, and many people are benefiting from them.
Now we want to expand the idea.
So far, we’ve focused on the person experiencing the eye loss. But like the ripples created by throwing a pebble in a pond, the effects of eye loss extend well beyond just that person.
One of our clients recently asked us to point her to stories written by parents of young children who had gone through eye loss. And that’s when we noticed the gap. Only one or two stories gave the parent’s perspective.
So we’re expanding the initial idea. Now we want to include partners, parents and even siblings of someone who has lost an eye.
The feelings, thoughts, reactions and responses would be different for each group.
For parents, dealing with your own fear and grief whilst being strong for your child must be an incredibly difficult juggling act. How did you survive? What gave you the strength to keep going? What advice do you have for other parents?
As a partner, trying to keep up the supportive role as you watch your loved one battle with a major life-changing event would be far from easy. Aside from providing emotional support, you may find yourself taking on tasks your partner did, while he/she recovers and adjusts to life with one eye. How did you manage at this time?
Even adult siblings might be affected by their brother or sister’s eye loss. Did it cause any changes in your relationship? How did you feel and how did you handle it? Any advice for others in a similar situation?
If you’d like to share your story, please get in touch with us. We realise that this can be quite a sensitive topic, and we respect that.
We have a ghost writer who will work with you to put your story together. You can then change it any way you like, until you’re happy with the final version. Then, we’ll ask your permission to publish it on our website for others to read.
We’d like to support anyone who is affected by eye loss. So please contact us to tell your story, and to help someone like you.