Sat, Feb 23, 2013 - Page 5 News List

Poor eyesight no impediment for high achievers

By Chu Yu-ling and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

High-achieving senior-high school student Lin Ting-yu, third left, poses for a photo with some of her classmates from Kaohsiung Girls’ Senior High School along with school principal Lin Chuan-yi, third right, in Greater Kaohsiung on Wednesday.

Photo: Chu Yu-ling, Taipei Times

Despite being blind in one eye and near-sighted in the other, a student from Greater Kaohsiung has beaten the odds and achieved full marks in the national General Scholastic Ability Test.

The results of the test, akin to university entrance examinations taken by senior-high school students, were announced on Wednesday, and showed that Lin Ting-yu of Kaohsiung Girls’ Senior High School attained among the highest scores — with 75 marks in her chosen subjects.

Lin was born with congenital glaucoma and lost the sight in her right eye when she was two years old. Her left eye is myopic, with an SPH (spherical correction) range of 300.

Lin said that in her childhood, she lacked self-confidence because she was laughed at by her classmates for her poor eyesight and ungainly appearance.

However, her parents always provided encouragement and support, which helped make her more mature and confident, she said.

“Now, I don’t care what others say about me and no longer feel self-pity. I go out to play and have fun with my classmates, but I study diligently so that I can get good marks,” she said on Wednesday.

Influenced by her parents, who are both medical doctors, Lin said she also wants to become a doctor.

Realizing that her condition may limit her choices for university majors, Lin said that for now she plans to go to medical school and will choose subjects that do not require perfect vision, such as internal medicine.

With her excellent grades, Lin said that she hopes to be accepted by her dream school, the School of Medicine at the National Taiwan University, or, failing that, to be accepted by the Taipei Medical University.

Aside from Lin, a two other senior-high school students with similar eyesight conditions also scored high marks in the national examinations.

Tsai Yi-chun (蔡宜君) of Chiayi Girls’ Senior High School in Chiayi City, who has been totally blind in her left eye since childhood and who has very weak vision in her right eye, scored 70 marks in the exam, while Wang Pei-keng (王培根), a student from Songshan Senior High School in Taipei, who is blind in both eyes, attained a score of 69.

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