[nfbwatlk] question about wearing sunglasses
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.
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From: "Lauren Merryfield" <lauren1 at catliness.com>
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Subject: [nfbwatlk] question about wearing sunglasses
> 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 Some people assume I am asleep, unapproachable, or withdrawn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.
> advice from my cats: "meow when you feel like it."
> The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be
> understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.
> -- Ralph Nichols
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