In a two-year span, Hamlin says, his medical expenses have topped $250,000, although there has been little improvement in his vision. "My left eye is completely blurry; it's been a big transition," says Hamlin, who has also suffered unemployment and emotional pain due to his injuries. "I've had to miss so many days of work, and I can't lift anything over 25 pounds because it increases the pressure in my eyes, so I'm limited in my jobs," he says.
Hamlin is often required to wear an eye patch or sunglasses because of the increased sensitivity in his eyes. "It's very hard to wear an eyepatch in public. ... It took my family three months to get me out of the house, because people can be so cruel and disrespectful about it," says Hamlin.