"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!" - Amazon Review
"A positive, uplifting book. The author displays a unique combination of candor, insight and humor. He demonstrates how to turn a serious challenge into a positive experience. The inserted boxes of humor and jokes are fun. And, the illustrations are super. A good read!" - Amazon Review
"Ken takes the reader on a wonderful journey of stories, humor and wit. Ken has an amazing way of working around circumstances where poor vision posed a problem, finding a clever solution just about every time! If no solution was available, there is always humour and a positive perspective. I love Ken's outlook on life, fully embracing life, even in the face of vision challenges. As someone who has never experienced vision problems, it provides a very unique and informative perspective on life. Thank you Ken for "opening my eyes" - Amazon Review
An entertaining account of adventures through low vision eyes, Melbourne optometrist John De Francesco has written a review of the book for Good Vision for Life.
"What author Ken Brandt lacks in vision, he makes up for in zeal, resourcefulness and creativity – an approach to life he has encapsulated in his new book, ‘Positive Vision. Enjoying the Adventures and Advantages of Poor Eye Sight.’
This book is a fascinating adventure biography about thriving with low vision, for all to enjoy. Whether it be exploring claustrophobic caverns in the Montana ranges or a hot pursuit in the streets of 1980’s New York, you’re sure to find Ken’s escapades captivating and humorous.
Throughout his life, Ken has endeavored to transform all the challenges he has faced into positive life experiences. Humbling stories of triumph over every-day adversity fill every chapter. Jokes, tips and thought-provoking insights abound. Ken not only finds innovative ways to solve his problems, but proves vision impairment can be a great strength which allows people to approach the world in enterprising ways.
Through vivid storytelling and wholesome reflective pieces, Ken delves into many topics; from sport and public speaking to relationships and racial harmony, the book explores the benefits of poor eyesight in diverse situations. With the enhancement of his other four senses, Ken also demonstrates how barriers can be broken and new abilities discovered, all lying on the other side of perseverance. For optometrists and other eye health professionals, the book can help enhance their understanding of a patients' perspective. It also provides helpful advice and inspiring anecdotes for patients who are living with low vision. A new appreciation for the hurdles and advantages of low vision is assured."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ken Brandt has led a fun and adventurous life and had a successful business career despite (or perhaps in part because of!) his bad eyes. He has always had poor vision and slightly crossed eyes.
He has undergone six eye operations (including a detached retina and cataract operation in each eye), and spent parts of his life legally blind. Ken is an entertaining speaker and an amateur New Orleans-style jazz trumpeter. He and his wife, artist Judy Brandt, have been married for more than twenty years.
They spent most of their lives in New York City, before moving to Melbourne, Australia.