"Seeing" things a little differently
I was born with low vision so I have no idea what 20-20 vision looks like. I’ve tried to imagine what the difference would be just by the things I hear you say, such as…
“See that bird flying over there?” or “look at the fish in the water over here!” Chances are I can’t see it. I’ll squint my eyes and look in the direction that you are pointing but I may never see it.
I remember my daughter Haley needed glasses when she was twelve years old. When she first put them on and looked around, her expression was so full of delight. As she pointed out different things around her she said “I can see the lines on the leaves of the trees!” and ” everything is so beautiful.”
My doctor has tried glasses on me hundreds of times, nothing makes my sight any better. I know I can’t see as good as you can, I have a difficult time seeing the intricate details and sometimes only light and dark shadows from far away distances.
I can remember my ex husband complaining one day that I didn’t clean something good enough, he didn’t stop to realize that maybe I didn’t see that small streak of dust on the baseboard.
At work, the people that we support build outdoor swings and chairs made of white cypress and I have a problem seeing tiny cracks in the wood. To me, it all blends together.
If I’m working on the computer for a long length of time the letters on the screen become distorted making it difficult to read. When I rub my eyes I might dislodge my artificial eye causing a slight bit of pain. Ceiling fans at night cause my prosthetic eye to get very dry and irritated. I usually wake up in the mornings and rush to get some soothing drops in.
These are all very minor inconveniences that infiltrate my life daily. It’s a very small price to pay for the good fortune I have for being able to see at all. I don’t dwell on what I don’t see, just grateful for what I do see.
Why do I write about this?
I hope that by my writings you will understand a little more about others who deal with low vision or those of us with monocular vision. My desire is for all of us to accept and understand anyone that is living with any type of challenge so they can have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Today… be grateful for the little things that make your life convenient and understand that people who have challenges may need a little support. We don’t want pity or others to do things for us, just be understanding.