Mack Despard is our new intern here at Ocutech and we are very excited to have him on the team. Visually impaired himself, Mack provides personal insight to living with low vision. Mack uses his Ocutech bioptics every day and without them, would not be able to drive. Because low vision devices can dramatically improve quality of life and independence, Mack is eager to share his stories and experiences in hopes of helping others living with vision loss.
Mack’s Personal Testimony
The following was written by Mack Despard:
Ocular albinism has been one of the most wonderful contradictions of my life. Living with 20/80 vision has been challenging because it has forced me to overcome various “setbacks” with more effort and tenacity than those around me. As I realize is true for most children, I never considered the true meaning of regularity or exceptionalism, at least not in the way adults understand those words. From a young kid trying to get picked on the 2nd-grade recess basketball team to frantically notating structural organic chemistry rules in the front row of my lecture hall, my visual impairment has played a role in nearly every aspect of my life.
Without OA, I may never have steered away from ball-centered sports in favor of track and field, which would have meant not coming to know one of the most influential role models in my life: my track coach Cameron Starr. Without OA, I may not have sat in the front row of so many classrooms, away from my friends, with my focused attention to the teacher directly in front of me. My character, confidence, relationships, and work ethic are all parts of me that would not be the same without OA.
Overcoming obstacles is what makes a person strong, and how they overcome those obstacles is what makes a person resilient. I simply would not be the confident, independent, resourceful, and resilient person I am today without the challenges of OA or the incredible help from Ocutech.