New Oxford author doesn’t let eye disease hinder him

Kevin Turnbaugh, a blind author from New Oxford, Pa.

Author Kevin Turnbaugh, who lost his sight to an eye disease, stands with his guide dog, Jodi, outside his home in New Oxford. (FOR THE DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — CLARE BECKER)

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Kevin Turnbaugh remembers the moment perfectly. He sat in a dimly lit room across from an eye specialist he had been referred to by a coworker, and clasped his hands together as he awaited the news from his recent test results.

The eye doctor took a deep breath before telling Turnbaugh news that would turn his world upside down — he was going blind.

Eighteen years ago, the New Oxford resident noticed his vision was getting worse than usual. He couldn’t totally see things in his periphery, and he occasionally would bump into trashcans and walls at work.

That’s when Turnbaugh was referred to a local eye specialist. He went through a series of eye tests before receiving the news that he had an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, which causes retinal degeneration that progresses over time.

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