See bad Feel good

Krister Inde

Visualization of learning in motion.Preface by Dr Anne Corn

Although like Krister Inde I have low vision, I have never lost vision. I have never worried about losing more vision or worried that my friends of many years would think of me differently than they thought of me yesterday. My low vision is the result of a condition that was present at birth. So, I’ve never experienced the emotions or the concerns that Krister Inde writes about as he describes his own voyage from seeing well to seeing poorly – and from seeing poorly to feeling good. Although Krister and I have had to come to a realization that we could each See Bad and Feel Good, our journeys have been very different.

When people See Bad from the onset of a visual impairment, they not only have to adapt to a change in what the world looks like to them, they also go through a change in how they think of themselves. They worry about what will happen to them and they re-assess who they are and how they will cope with life’s challenges. Krister has written a book that Americans might say is “in your face.”

He presents his personal reactions to the reader as if the reader is someone with whom he is able to share an intimate friendship. Nothing is hidden. Everything can be spoken. He speaks what he feels a reader needs to hear.

If you are reading this book because you are losing vision or have an acquired visual impairment that is stable, I know this book will help you on your journey to feeling good once again. If you are a loved one of a person experiencing a visual loss, or a friend, or even an employer of someone who is experiencing this transition from seeing well to seeing poorly, I know this book will help you to understand what they are going through.

In my personal and professional lives I have known people of different ages who have lost some or all of their vision. When an adult speaks of worries about becoming dependent because she must give up her drivers license or when a teenage girl tells me she worries that boys won’t think of her for a date if she uses her optical device, I am able to listen and offer some words of comfort and some strategies to use. Now, having read See Bad, Feel Good, I better understand what they may be feeling, especially with a visual impairment that comes after having had good vision. Having read See Bad, Feel Good, I also feel more confident that while they may not believe it in the moment, there will come a time when they will Feel Good.
Even those of us with congenital low vision need to read and be reminded that the point of Seeing Bad and Feeling Good comes to different people in different kinds of journeys. Thank you Krister.

Anne L. Corn
Professor of Special Education, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Vanderbilt University

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