What sort of eye disease did Ernest Hemingway have?

I saw it on a documentary one time and then I forgot what sort of eye problem he had. I don't want to say what I think it was because I don't want to suggest the answer. Thanks.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    All I can find is that it was a "defect" from birth:

    "Hemingway's left eye was defective from birth, not from boxing with his son Jack."

    It prevented him from joining the army:

    "In May of 1918, Hemingway wanted to join the Army but could not due to a defective left eye which he inherited from his mother. "

    Dear theperez,

    Could you supply the source for your answer? Hemingway's eye problem was from birth, but:

    "Ernest Hemingway, his brother and his father all had at least two things in common, Hilary Hemingway said.

    Each developed diabetes late in life, and later committed suicide. It's only been in recent years that medical science has discovered the strong links between diabetes and depression, she said, adding that she hoped the result would be a new understanding of what some have called "the Hemingway curse."

    I'd be very interested (and surprised) to discover that

    Hemingway had the eye disease you say he did.

    Would you be so kind as to copy and paste the web site address?

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  • 1 decade ago

    I found this on the internet for you. I hope it helps answer your question. Good Luck!

    It is called Diabetic retinopathy a degenerative eye disease.is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.In some people with diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In other people, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. A healthy retina is necessary for good vision.Diabetic retinopathy has four stages:

    1. Mild Nonproliferative Retinopathy.

    2. Moderate Nonproliferative Retinopathy. As the disease progresses, some blood vessels that nourish the retina are blocked.

    3. Severe Nonproliferative Retinopathy. Many more blood vessels are blocked, depriving several areas of the retina with their blood supply.

    4. Proliferative Retinopathy. At this advanced stage, new blood vessels are abnormal and fragile. They grow along the retina and along the surface of the clear, vitreous gel that fills the inside of the eye. severe vision loss and even blindness can result.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    There is a lot of stuff on the internet that is basically fat-shaming diabetics for causing their own diabetes with their bad diet and lack of exercise and general lack of moral fibre. A lot of this stuff is written by non-doctors, often with a supplement or diet or training plan to sell that they claim will completely cure diabetes if only people stick to it.

    I read this interesting book https://tr.im/VHXVw that gave me a lot of useful tips about my disease and also a different perspective on the best therapeutical approach. I think you should read it too. 

    I hope it helps

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