Hello everyone and welcome back to My Blurred World.
I hope you’re all doing really well.
Today’s post is all about sight loss, I realized that i haven’t published a post dedicated to sight’ loss/visual impairment in a while so I thought I’d write one for you today.
I’m going to be writing all about the things you need to understand about sight loss today. These are just some things that pop into my mind when thinking about the things people need to understand about sight loss, fellow visually impaired people might not agree so just note that this post is just my own opinion.
I hope you enjoy today’s post and without further ado let’s get started.
1. Living with sight loss doesn’t take away the positivity
I think a lot of people believe that living with a visual impairment is very isolating and that those of us who are blind or partially sighted live a very negative life, whilst feeling isolated can sometimes be the case it’s not all a negative experience. I think many visually impaired people or disabled people live a very positive life as we all want to prove that our disability doesn’t define us and that we can be as positive as any non disabled person. Positivity is very important for me personally and I try my very best not to let my visual impairment get the better of me, maintaining a positive outlook on life is one of the most important things to me when trying to accept my visual impairment. We can all choose to be positive and having a disability shouldn’t stop anyone from living a positive and happy life.
2. Blindness is different for everyone
When hearing that someone is registered blind I think a lot of people may assume that we alll have the same level of vision and that ‘blind’ can only mean that someone can’t see a thing. This is in fact not true, 98% of those who are registered blind in the UK have some remaining vision, that might only be lighgt perception but it still counts. I am oersonally registered blind/severly sight impaired but I do have some remaining vision, I’m not able to see detail, faces, thigns that are too close or too far and i sometimes misjudge where an object is placed. However this does not mean that every other person who is living with the same eye condition as myself (Retinitis Pigmentosa) can see exactly the same. Some people will be able to see more or less than myself and I think that is an important thing to remember. Although someone might live with the same eye condition, no one will ever see the same. Everyone is different and everyone’s eyesight is different.
3. It can be isolating
As I metnioned in the first point of this post, living with sight loss can sometimes be very isolating. It’s not possible to stay positive all of the time and it’s hard to maintaini that positivity when the feeling of isolation starts to kick in. I could write a whole book about isolation and the amount of times I’ve personally felt isolated because of my visual impairment, there’s so many reasons for it but sometimes it’s just a feeling that I can’t help but feel. The feeling of isolating can happen at any time and people living with sight loss can feel isolated for many different reasons. For me personally it can be because of loss, grieving for the sight I’m losing everyday and the thought of possibly never getting it back. It can also be because of people’s judgements and misconceptions and the stigma that is constantly suffocating disability, the stigma that never seems to go away.
4. There are good things about being visually impaired
Living with sight loss isn’t all bad, there are so many good things about it which people might not assume when thinking about disability. I wrote a post a while back all about the best things about being visually impaired which you can read here if you are interested in that. I think many people associate sight loss with negativity but I think it’s important for everyone to know that there are positive aspects and there are good things involved in it all.
5. It can be very enlightning
Living with sight loss has allowed me to learn so much about myself and the things around me. I’ve been able to learn things such as braille, touch typing, using and learning about the accessibility options on things like the iPhone. It’s allowed me to learn so many things about myself and I think many other visually impaired people would agree with me that living with sight loss can be very enlightnin.
That concludes my post for today, I hope you all learned a little something from it. I would appreciate any feedback you might have so please do leave a comment below or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook.
Are you a fellow visually impaired person? What do you think people need to understand about sight loss?