Might Be Going Blind, Is My Career Over

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So I'm going to an ophthalmologist this week. Been having symptoms of a detached retina. I know I'm being a pessimist, but in preparing for the worst, I don't see much hope of being in investment banking if I go blind ( applying to internships right now). Anyone know people or of cases with similar situations. Thanks for your help and support.

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Aug 13, 2019

Dude, don't freak out. A detached retina can be fixed and worst comes to worst, that's just one eye (I'm assuming). Don't stress out about career stuff right now - there's a lot of steps between where you are and going blind. Hope it all goes well.

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Aug 13, 2019

I grew up with a guy who suffered from sight conditions his entire life; he is currently blind in one eye and has terrible vision in the other. He will never own a drivers license, needs special accommodations almost everywhere he goes, and there is no telling when he will go completely blind. He recently started an IB career at a MM firm.

It is certainly an uphill battle and you need to disclose your condition to the company, but chin up, if he can do it then you have no excuses.

Best of luck to you.

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Aug 13, 2019

Here's some inspiration. There is a former USC student I had the distinct pleasure of meeting during our LA recruiting process . I don't want to dox people so please remove this if it's not appropriate, but his name is Julian Sanchez. I met him at a USC bulge bracket panel and he, being blind in both eyes and using a cane, was asking people to point him towards different banks in order to network.

He ended up with a job at Goldman Sachs in Credit Risk. To this day he is the most inspiring person I have met. Here is an article written about his story, please give it a read:

https://www.marshall.usc.edu/news/seeing-bigger-picture

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Aug 14, 2019

I thought for sure you were going to talk about the USC football player who was a blind long snapper during an actual game when they were punting. Couldn't imagine being blind on the football field. To the OP, I hope everything works out but blind or not you could be amazed at what you're capable of!

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Aug 14, 2019

This kid added me on LI. Seems like a super sharp and hardworking guy. Incredible story

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Aug 13, 2019

I know of two legally blind IB analysts at banks in major cities (SF/CHI/NYC). One is blind in one eye, other has terrible eyesight in both eyes. Both receive accommodations, or just zoom in really close their screens. They both work very hard, are very smart (Target Schools, etc) and found firms/groups that are open to having them. Work hard, be genuine and network, you can get there. Don't let this roadblock take you down, but also make sure you find a great doctor. Taking care of your health should be your first priority.

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Aug 14, 2019

Thank you everyone. You've all made me feel a lot better about this. Here's hoping nothing is wrong, but if there is, I'll make the best of it

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Aug 14, 2019

Good luck my friend, we are wishing you the best and success in the future. :)

"It's okay, I'll see you on the other side"

Aug 15, 2019

Well fellas as it turns out, it's most likely neurological. So I'll be A-okay! thanks for all the support it really kept my spirits up while I waited to meet with the doctor, and sorry for the scare. Thank you and best of luck to you all

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Aug 15, 2019

Great to hear man!

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Aug 19, 2019

i'm late to this thread but i'm rooting for you , go out and kill it!!!

Aug 20, 2019
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