"Everything is kind of blurry."
Dean Nielsen's eyesight is 20/400. Autoimmune optic neuropathy left him with just enough vision to make out shapes in the distance, the Omaha World-Herald reports.
Before the disease robbed him of his eyesight, he was shooting around 75. Now he hovers at 84, still better than the USGA's average in the high 80s.
Dean has been golfing since he was 4 years old. He was a top high school golfer by the time he was 16. But the next year, the vision in his left eye started to blur.
His doctors told him he was suffering from autoimmune optic neuropathy, which caused his immune system to attack his optic nerves.
A powerful steroid restored most of his vision, and he was able to play golf in college. Then, 10 years later, he hit his head in an accident at work, and the disease returned.
This time the steroids didn't work.
So now his playing partners help to point him in the right direction and track and locate his ball.
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