A new beginning
Zuzana had her second eye operation on her thirtieth birthday. When the surgeon subsequently came to take the patch off, she was very nervous. “I saw nothing in focus, just this light and some outlines. But then the doctor waved her hand in front of my face, and I saw some movement, and she told me that the surgery had been a success! It was like being reborn. I had this incredible desire to start living again,” says Zuzana, whose sight is now only about 15%. She has tubular vision and sees the world as though through a fish tank full of water. This is due to the silicone oil protecting her eye blood vessels.
Zuzana’s choice of words is succinct – she was indeed “reborn” in that she had to learn everything again, including walking. Occasionally, before she was willing to admit to everyone around her that she was severely sight-impaired by using a white cane, she was accused of being drunk. “I spent a lot of time watching drastic documentaries because they made me realise how blessed I was and that I actually have a wonderful life. Somewhere inside, though, I felt that it wasn’t enough, and that I needed to experience some adventure of my own,” she says, adding another dimension to her efforts to change her mindset.