My Grandmother is 85 and she had to give up her one passion reading. You are probably asking “Why she had to give this up?”. Well she was diagnosed with MACULAR DEGENERATION AND CATARACTS. She is basically blind, she only has some vision on the sides. It is like putting your fingers in front of your eyes, and then adding a hazy film on top. She basically has to be right on top of what she is looking at and have a very high-powered magnifying glass. Then she might only read a few letters at a time.

We used to share books all the time. She was diagnosed with this when I was in high school, this has been about 26 plus years ago. So now she feels like she is a burden to us, because she had to give up driving, filling out her bills, balancing her check book, sewing, and it is getting to a point to where she can not cook either.  I wish I could give her eye sight back.

The doctors say that if they remove the cataracts that it would give her some sight back, but it is an insurance thing. I have tried letting her use my kindle fire to see if she could see it, she said it made her strain her eyes. I will probably have to try a bigger tablet and see if it will work. I wish there was some new stem cell research available here in the US that would give her sight back. Until then, I will try what I can to bring reading back to her life.


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  1. You’re poor Grandmother this must be so hard for her.

    • It is, but she has had time to come deal with it. She now goes to the casinos and shops at Dillards. She loves Dillards. I
      would give almost anything to have it to where she could read again.

  2. So sorry to hear this – it is my worst nightmare. Whenever people ask that question – if you had to lose one sense what would it be, I would never even consider sight. I know what she means about audio books not being the same. I just zone out with the voice droning on, it doesn’t engage me the same way reading does.

    I know she is 85 but have you considered seeing about getting braille instruction for her. If nothing else, trying to learn would engage her mind. I know it might not be available to you, I happen to live near Wills Eye institute and the library for the blind so that is why it occurred to me.

    • I don’t think she would even want to try at this point. She still goes to the eye doctor for check ups. I think she feels like there is no use in learning something new, If you can not use it. I keep trying.

  3. Perhaps she would enjoy audio books.

    • She has tried them. It is just not the same as reading the words and envisioning the scenes yourself. I bought several for her when she was first diagnosed, and she just said it was not the same. So she gave it up.