Living with Retinitis Pigmentosa ( RP )

Recently Jamie Gibson-Barrows was a guest in our studio. Jamie has worked for several blind and visually impaired groups in Fresno over the past few years.

Jamie’s road to blindness began as a young woman, she noticed her eyesight becoming reduced for many years and visits to her eye doctors failed to produce a diagnosis to the problem.

Then when she was in her thirties she was finally diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa or RP. A disease whicauses “Tunnel vision” the vision in the peripheray grows less and less until blindness takes away all vision completely.

 

Jamie is now left with only a small amount of central vision in one eye, but she continues to volunteer and is a part time student too.

 

Here she talks about how her life changed on the day when she visited the eye doctor to receive her diagnosis and she became the first person in her family to be diagnosed with RP.

 

Behind the Scenes at Blindside Fresno

 

When we get to the studio on the day of recording there is still lots of work to do before we actually record a program.

Take a look at what is going on in the studio as we prepare to record an interview.

This behind the scenes look was recorded as we prepared to interview Lisa Presley-Thomas for the program looking at her experience as a sighted child raised by two visually impaired parents.

 

 

Having Blind Parents Helped Me

Recently we recorded an interview with Lisa Presley-Thomas, a prominent member of the Fresno Chapter of California Council of the Blind (CCB).

Lisa grew up the sighted child of two blind parents, this experience had quite an affect on her life, possibly even shaping her adult career as a Certified Public Accountant.

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Blindside Fresno Program 1: Interview with Dr. Vivian Kim, Retinologist

The very first program of ‘Blindside Fresno’ was broadcast on July 5, 2016.

The program was an interview  with Dr. Vivian Kim a retinologist with an office, Advanced Retina Care, in Fresno California.

I have known Dr. Kim for several years, she has been my own eye specialist since 2007 and has treated me for Central Retinal Vein Oclusions in my left eye.

 

When I first approached Dr. Kim about creating this program she was very interested in the idea and she and her staff were very helpful in the creation of the program.

The program runs about thirty minutes and covers topics such as diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma

So sit back and enjoy the first program of ‘Blindside Fresno.’