“The whole migration thing is such a struggle, it’s like we’re back to zero”Karina Fuentes
Karina was born with a visual impairment because she has Albinism
. Until recently, the 22 year old lived in the Philippines where she was prescribed the Ocutech VES-Sport
bioptic by her low vision specialist, Dr. Carmela Ongsiako
. After finishing school two years ago, Karina and her mother migrated from the Philippines to the United States.
“My Ocutech bioptic has been such a great help to me at school when I was studying”Karina Fuentes
In her home country, Karina used her bioptic and excelled in school. She attended the University of the East where she graduated with honors (Cum Laude) and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In addition to being smart and driven, Karina is a talented and passionate writer – she has an online presence where many of her poems, song lyrics and short stories have been published. Oh, and did we mention that she can sing too? Karina is an avid choir member and featured soloist.
“I have learned a lot from that wonderful community”Karina talking about her time at the Braille Institute of America
After migrating to the United States, Karina was an intern for the Braille Institute of America. Currently, she works as a full-time receptionist and uses her bioptic daily for clerical tasks that require a significant amount of reading. Karina prefers her Ocutech bioptics over other devices such as hand-held magnifiers because of the versatility and efficiency that comes with the ability to seamlessly move between viewing an object up-close and at a distance, such as reading a book and then looking up at a computer screen.