[nfbwatlk] question about wearing sunglasses

Kaye Kipp kkipp123 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 11 14:19:28 UTC 2013

Well, I have the same issue with my eyes.  They're usually half closed, but 
I don't want to wear sunglasses.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lauren Merryfield" <lauren1 at catliness.com>
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Subject: [nfbwatlk] question about wearing sunglasses

> Hi,
> I know this may seem odd, but it would be interesting, and possibly 
> helpful, to get some feedback about the pros and cons of blind people 
> wearing sunglasses.  I know that a long time ago, Dr. Jernigan wrote a 
> piece about it but I haven't been able to locate it.
> In my case, my original eyes were very weird--the right one was enlarged 
> and purplish in color.  My left one was small and sunken in.  Kids used to 
> comment on them or ask me about them.  As an adult, I wore sunglasses.
> I eventually had both of my eyes removed due to very painful glaucoma.  So 
> then I had pretty, blue eyes.  I had the unusual opportunity of choosing 
> my eye color.  So I figured that meant I didn't need to wear sunglasses 
> anymore.  I also felt kind of like I was hiding behind the sunglasses.
> But most of the time, my eyes are half-opened or half-closed, whichever 
> way one wants to think about it--like the glass being half full or half 
> empty.  Some people assume I am asleep, unapproachable, or withdrawn 
> because my eyes are not wide opened.
> So now I am wondering if I ought to wear sunglasses again.  I could try it 
> just to see if sighted people respond better to me or not.
> I know I do not have good eye contact and that seems to bother some 
> sighted people.
> Well, there's some food for thought.  Yeah, I know, I always get back to 
> the subject of food, hahaha.
> Thanks
> Lauren
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