Living Life Karina Fuentes Style: There is Always A Way of Helping.

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Karina Fuentes wearing bioptics and working on a computer
Karina Fuentes working at computer

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What I love the most about this device is that I don’t need to use a hand-held magnifier or any other device to aid my reading because my VES-Sport has a wonderful feature that allows me to read/see distant objects as well as nearby ones like when reading notes and using computers or gadgets.Karina Fuentes

Quick Note from the Author:
Wow! Let me just say that this is one of those stories that stuck with me; a constant reminder that the only things in life that we have control over are the choices we make at any given moment. After reading Karina Fuentes’ response to our Personal Story Questionnaire, I couldn’t wait to share her story with as many people as possible! So without further ado….

Meet Karina Fuentes!

“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.

“I do a lot of clerical tasks that require me to read a lot and my device (Ocutech VES-Sport) has been a really big help for me to do my job well.”
  • Karina Fuentes using Ocutech VES-Sport bioptics to aid in clerical work that requires both near and distance vision.

    Karina Fuentes uses Ocutech VES-Sport bioptics to aid in clerical work that requires both near and distance vision.

  • Karina wearing Ocutech bioptics to perform clerical work

    “My Ocutech bioptic has been such a great help at work” – Karina Fuentes

Karina’s Advice, Wisdom and Knowledge

  • One very important thing that I have learned recently, is that you have to keep on looking for ways to innovate or improve yourself and your capabilities, learning and growing should NEVER stop.
  • Even if you have limitations – such as someone who is visually impaired, you can still do so many things that those without physical impairments can do. There are many resources available, people who care and people willing to help.
  • If you have a disability, you are also cabable of helping others who need assistance. When people see a visually impaired person striving to be better and do better, it is a source of inspiration in and of itself. And that is another way of helping. 🙂

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