Mind Map: Adjusting and Adapting To Eye Loss
Accepting your eye
Dealing with strong emotions
Adapting to monocular vision
When we experience any major change in life we go through a process of adjustment and adaption. When someone is faced with the prospect of losing an eye the experience can seem overwhelming. There are many aspects that need to be addressed.
We encourage people to visit their ocularist as soon as they can. During that visit the ocularist can explain the operation, the process of making an eye prosthesis, support mechanisms and understanding monocular vision.
This Adapting and Adjusting to Eye Loss mind map has been put together to make it easier to understand the journey.
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Arranging permission to reprint
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Download: Artificial Eyes Mind Map: Adjusting and Adapting to Eye Loss (PDF 1.3Mb)
Who prepared the mind map
Paul Geelen, Jenny Geelen – Ocularists: Paul and Jenny are founding members of the Ocularists Association of Australia and practising Ocularists. In addition to supporting many of their clients deal with eye loss, they provide training to hospitals and medical personnel in Western Australia and have initiated a peer support group, trained by Michael Tunnecliffe. Website: Paul and Jenny Geelen, Ocularists.
Michael Tunnecliffe – Clinical Psychologist: Michael specialises in the areas of peer support, trauma, critical incident response and recovery planning, and provides services to many government and private sector organisations including the Western Australian Police. He provides peer support training programmes, and has trained the eye loss peer support group in Western Australia.
Julia Sutton – Facilitator: Julia is experienced in community development and group process facilitation, and co-ordinated the preparation of the mind map.