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BunnyBop wrote

These are beautiful and really freakin' accurate. Looking at them after having glasses for a little over a decade, I wonder how I got along without them at all. My eyesight started to go bad in the third grade and really declined in the fourth. It happens so gradually that you don't notice a difference so I didn't realize I couldn't see. I didn't get glasses until 7th grade and even colors looked different because they weren't all blurred together. Looking at trees for the first time with glasses and being able to see individual leaves was amazing to me.

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noordinaryspider wrote

Be careful in your 40s. It isn't just a matter of purchasing bifocals or switching out glasses depending on whether I want to drive or read. There is a lot of classism and ableism involved in getting the right prescription for your lifestyle (I wanted to homeschool my kid and continue my own education but my eye doctor thought I should be applying for bullshit jobs and govrernment assistance while my kid was raised by the state) and it's very hard to DIY.

My driving prescription keeps me and everybody else on the road safe, but at the cost of very bad headaches, nausea, and other pain/personal costs so I can hardly wait to get them off. Also, I can't tell if the can I just threw in the grocery cart says "vegan" or "rat poison" until I get home and I can't exactly get my money back.

This makes it hard to remember not to isolate beyond what the human organism as designed to tolerate without malfunctioning. I have to be aware of something most people just adjust for without thinking.

At home, I prefer to live with the cards I was dealt as much as possible and to use "compromise" prescriptions which allows me to wash dishes, keep the house reasonably clean, read without having to cover one eye, etc.

An uncluttered household has done wonders for my own safety/comfort and to reduce bloodstains on the upholstery. Too bad that would be considered "unreasonable", "hysterical", and "a red flag for mental illness" by my sighted ex-family.

I'm not comparing my own experience to that of my friends in the blind community because it's not, I'm just saying that my blind friends keep me from hating myself and the world and that my sighted friends need to get over themselves about disabling screen readers and stuff.

But I digress.