It does sound like our vision is in the same range, though of course visual acuity doesn’t say much about how someone uses their vision in the real world. I have some acquaintances with aniridia, and they are extremely light sensitive. I have problems with lighting and glare, but am not too light sensitive. If I’m facing a window in a room, everything in the foreground looks blacked out, and if glare is coming in from the side of my vision, it can often block out everything around me. My main problem is night vision, though. At night I have virtually no vision unless I am directly under a streetlight.
That’s great that she’s learning braille! So many people with low vision don’t realize how useful it is. Even just being able to hit the right button in an elevator without having to get nose-to-nose with the panel and struggle to read, or being able to pick the right can out of the cupboard without having to take ten cans down to read them, makes it useful. In my case, I was fortunate to learn braille when I was in elementary school, although I didn’t really take full advantage of using it until I was in college. It takes practice to get and stay fluent (like any skill, it will fade somewhat if not used regularly), but I find it so useful for so many daily tasks, and wouldn’t have accomplished some of the things I’ve accomplished professionally without it.
This is the software I use at work (JAWS and ZoomText). I use Windows Magnifier and NVDA at home, and Zoom and VoiceOver on my iPhone and iPad.
I’m also okay in familiar indoor environments. I didn’t use my cane within my elementary or high school buildings, but have always used it outdoors when travelling alone. But like braille, I didn’t take full advantage of learning good cane skills until I was in college and travelling to places I’d never been to alone. And once a year or so I’ll sort of forget that I can’t see well and not use my cane in a place that I think I know well and trip up or, on occasion, down curbs or flights of stairs. So the older I get, the more consistent I get at using proper cane techniques even when I feel like I can see where I’m going, because I’m just lucky I haven’t smashed my face or broken a bone in some of those falls (and a couple have happened in front of colleagues…embarrassing).
I also have cataracts, but my doctors have not mentioned removal yet. I think cataract surgery is high risk for my eye condition due to retinal scarring and detachments I have. I also had a procedure a couple of years ago to lower my eye pressure, as it was creeping up too high (though I don’t have a glaucoma diagnosis, I’m just as risk). I also had several procedures years ago when I was having retinal issues. Ironically, I’ve had no effects from diabetes on my eyes.
Congratulations to her on the job!! I always feel grateful to be in the minority of working-aged legally blind people who is employed.