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Positive Vision : Enjoying the Adventures and Advantages of Poor Eyesight - Ken Brandt

Positive Vision

Enjoying the Adventures and Advantages of Poor Eyesight

By: Ken Brandt, Elzy Kolb (Editor), Judy Roberts Brandt (Designed by)

Hardcover | 18 September 2020

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Author Ken Brandt presents a gloriously positive view of life's challenges while riding his roller coaster of vision setbacks and improvements. An adventure and humor filled journey that includes: being dragged by galloping horses in Montana, helping firefighters combat an arson blaze, captaining his university parachuting team, and a long convoluted successful chase of a thief in New York City.

Complementing the adventures are amusing and relatable anecdotes demonstrating the advantages of poor eyesight. Good eyesight is clearly better than poor eyesight, but it is fun to appreciate the advantages of poor eyesight, such as: longer life, better balance, and better presentation skills. Enjoying these advantages makes life more fun for you and those around you.

Brandt presents the bright side of his lifetime with poor vision and slightly crossed eyes, sharing how he worked his way through eyeglasses, contact lenses, a detached retina and cataract operation in each eye, two other eye operations, and many years of being legally blind.

Each book purchase helps two great vision causes. Author Ken Brandt is donating 10 percent of his book royalties (5 percent each) to: Massachusetts Eye and Ear, for eye research; and The Fred Hollows Foundation, for ending avoidable blindness.

Everyone with even slightly less than perfect eyesight must be a bit adventurous to do some of the same things routinely done by people with normal eyesight. If you are not there yet, you might be in the future: Many people's vision deteriorates a bit as they age, pushing them into this adventure zone. Enjoy Ken Brandt's sneak preview in this memoir.

A rollicking, rambling ripper of a read. Great for anyone who likes adventure, humor, memoirs, and a bit of inspiration.

Industry Reviews

A very nice read. Ken has done so many things that it's amazing. I don't mean for someone with poor vision, I just mean for anyone. His positivity and gratitude are infectious. My favorite part was about catching the thief toward the end; made me laugh out loud at several points. Good work! 

Australian Book Lovers


"Positive Vision" is a fun journey of insightful anecdotes and exciting adventures, illustrating how poor eyesight can contribute to a joyful and full life! A great read for anyone who has - or knows someone with - poor eyesight.

Bennie H. Jeng, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine


a fascinating adventure biography about thriving with low vision, for all to're sure to find Ken's escapades captivating and humorous...Humbling stories of triumph over every-day adversity fill every chapter. Jokes, tips and thought-provoking insights abound...vivid storytelling and wholesome reflective pieces...A new appreciation for the hurdles and advantages of low vision is assured.

Optometrist John De Francesco âfor Good Vision for Life (Optometry Australia)


An exhilarating and uplifting read! Drowned in the nuances of daily life, most of us always look but cannot see... In "Positive Vision", Ken shows us how to look AND see, with heaps of humour, from the heart and soul.

Dr. Daniel Chiu - Ophthalmic Surgeon and Retinal Specialist


An upbeat read on an issue that affects everyone: eyesight. Ken speaks from real personal experience how vision impairment can impact a person's life. 

Ian Wishart, CEO, The Fred Hollows Foundation


An incredibly optimistic and positive view on life. It is a pleasure to read and a fascinating biography that proves that even with very limited eyesight there is no limit to what you can achieve.

Dr. Mark Troski - Cataract Surgeon


"Positive Vision"'s personal stories, insightful quotes and funny jokes elegantly demonstrate how much life could and should be lived in spite of poor eyesight. I will recommend it as a wonderful, hopeful, and inspirational read for my patients who have or fear low vision. Plus, it is a great read for anyone of any vision level, who likes adventures and biographies.

Dr. Constance Okeke - Glaucoma Specialist & Cataract Surgeon


âAn upbeat, inspiring, adventurous, humorous memoir by a low vision author who has had six eye operations and was legally blind for many years.

Teaching Students with Vision Impairments 


Like a moustachioed Indiana Jones, an adventurer to the core, he travels the globe scuba diving, riding horses... and jumping out of planes. He also plays jazz trumpet, New Orleans style. His name is Ken Brandt.

Matthew Layton, Vision Australia Radio, Studio 1


An Upbeat Book About Poor Eyesight... a 'rollicking good' book that proves poor eyesight needn't impact potential... a remarkable and insightful book for optometrists, ophthalmologists and orthoptists. It is also a wonderful, inspiring, and humorous read that vision professionals can recommend to anyone struggling with less than perfect vision....

mivision - minews, mivision The Opthalmic Journal


a wonderful biographical recollection... a gloriously positive view on life... The adventures are mind blowing, entertaining, and wholesome... I highly recommend Positive Vision: Enjoying the Adventures and Advantages of Poor Eyesight to anyone who wants to read about adventure, creativity, fun, or visual impairment. Vision professionals will enjoy reading it and recommending it to many of their patients. Everyone will find something they love about it. It is an easy to read page-turner...

Sepideh Heydar Zadeh - In the Know, Vision Science Academy

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