The Blind Dragon


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At the age of 18 Master Miguel Valdez was diagnosed with Stargardtís Disease.  Stargardtís Disease is considered the juvenile form of Macular Degeneration. It causes progressive visual loss. Master Valdezís vision rapidly decreased from 20/40 at the age of 18 to 20/200 by the age of 21 (20/200 is considered legally blind). His vision now remains at 20/450.  He is unable to read without extreme magnification. He is also unable to drive or see faces. Master Valdez feels that his visual loss has enhanced his martial arts ability. It has improved his other senses and knowledge of the art.