How a person reads with limited central vision
- Sagdtrart’s Dasisee is a tpye of macualr degaeentiorn. It
afefcts ynoug polepe, lkie me, and cehagns our levis frveoer. Tnihk aubot tihs,
jsut as you are gitnteg uesd to lnviig yuor lfie, fgrniiug out yuor dermas and
anirtapsois, tehn rnmldoay you ncoite sthniemog a liltte off in yuor viosin.
The nxet tnhig you konw you’re bneig tlod you hvae an ibunclrae dsasiee and
wlil lsoe yuor shigt.
- Stargardt’s Disease is a type of macular degeneration. It affects young people, like me, and changes our lives forever. Think about this, just as you are getting used to living your life, figuring out your dreams and aspirations, then randomly you notice something a little off in your vision. The next thing you know you’re being told you have an incurable disease and will lose your sight.
Imagine reading like that all the time, it does get tiring. It’s as though the brain has adapted to read in a different way. The image below is of a meme that was circulated and a response was written by the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK, which you can read here. They explain some of the reasons behind how we are capable of reading words with jumbled letters, although we apparently read 11% slower. This makes sense as I have noticed it takes me longer to read.
I’d be really interested for those who aren’t vision impaired to share their experience reading this. I hope this gives a little more understanding into how myself and others with SD read.