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Positive Vision

September 13, 2021 by Kathleen

A book review of Positive Vision: Enjoying the Adventures and Advantages of Poor Eyesight by Ken Brandt

Stars: ****

Ken Brandt (2020)
117 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: 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. 

Book cover of Positive Vision: Enjoying the Adventures and Advantages of Poor Eyesight. Bold yellow and white letters. Background is a green and blue, with an image of the author's face.


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.

Positive Vision

This book was a delight to read. The author discusses his poor eyesight with humour and a positive outlook. It was refreshing to read about “disability” in this way. I add the quotes because Ken Brandt shows us that he can do just about anything someone with average vision can do. In fact he has done things I wouldn’t even do.

You can tell it’s going to be a humourous book when you see the little note from the author on the title page.

“Copyright 2020 Even though my vision is far from 20/20 It is a great year to launch a book about vision!”

I mean come on, he has a good point.

The book includes black and white photos of himself and clipart drawings as well that fit the story. My favourite part of the book is the eye jokes at the end of each chapter. The book is not just about himself. In Chapter 4 he shows us Successful People with Poor Eyesight.

The book is short but sweet. It’s a fun read for anyone who wears glasses or has poor vision of any kind

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Filed Under: Health, Humour, memoir, Self Help · Tagged With: 4 Star Books 

Kathleen of SMS NONFICTION BOOK REVIEWS. Kathleen has straight brown hair and sports a subtle smile, a dark top, and eyeglasses in this headshot.

About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.


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