Losing your vision in a work-related accident is life-altering. Not only will it impact your ability to return to work but it also changes your whole life.
Such a catastrophic injury requires a complete overhaul of how you do things. It can be a very difficult adjustment. Learning to deal with what happened to you is not always easy, but there are things you can do to ease the burden.
Rely on others
One of the best ways to help during the adjustment period is to let others help you. This can be tough, especially if you used to be very independent. But you have to accept that you need help. You are now missing one of the most important senses, and trying to do everything on your own could put you in danger.
If you do not feel like or cannot ask family and friends to help, then go through workers’ compensation to get a healthcare worker to assist you. This may actually be for the best because you can get someone who has training in helping people with vision issues. He or she can help you learn how to do things on your own and enable you to regain your independence.
There are many resources available to people with vision loss. You should not hesitate to take advantage of them. This includes getting all the benefits you can from workers’ compensation, such as in-home help. You should try to seek out resources that can help you learn how to do things differently now that you cannot see. Look into service animals as well.
Losing your vision is not an ideal situation, but you can live a full life. You just need to allow yourself time to adjust and learn about your new normal.