He’s blind and 78, but this bowler still sees a perfect 300

Posted on June 4, 2008 

He’s blind and 78, but this bowler still sees a perfect 300

As he held his 16-pound bowling ball in his hands and looked down the lane toward the pins standing before him, 78-year-old Dale Davis saw only a blur.

He couldn’t see the lane. He couldn’t see the pins. He couldn’t see the people who had gathered behind him to see whether the blind man could accomplish something no one else at this alley ever had.

Only if he turned his head to the left could Davis see a thing. It has been this way for 11 years, the World War II veteran losing all his vision except for a tiny sliver of peripheral sight out of the corner of his right eye. His impairment is the result of a medical condition known as macular degeneration, in which the inner lining of the eye atrophies, in certain cases resulting in the loss of vision. For Davis, it is that tiny sliver of sight, not to mention a multicolored cane and 10 weeks of education for the vision-impaired, that allow him to live by himself. To take care of himself.

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