By JENNA WELSH
For the Daily Record/Sunday News
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.