For the last eight years I have lived my life as partially sighted. I’ve suffered detached retinas in both of my eyes, with the sight in my right eye permanently compromised and my left eye repaired by laser. My left eye is also impaired by floaters and a cataract but my doctor is afraid to operate on it because such a procedure would increase the possibility of another detachment, he says.
I have a patch for my right eye that I seldom wear because I don’t want people to regard me as “disabled,” but I’m rethinking that notion because the double vision I endure constantly is exhausting for somebody who spends a lot of time reading and writing.
I’m writing this blog not because I’m feeling sorry for myself (because I’m not) but because I’m rethinking the use of an eye patch. I don’t want to be regarded as disabled but maybe this is my ego and vanity overcoming my pragmatic side.
Most of us at one time in our lives will be “disabled” so perhaps we should all regard ourselves as “currently-able” if we are not dealing with a limiting physical or emotional condition.
The question I am posing to you is, “When should a person make the decision to expose a disability to the world by using a cane, wheel chair, an eye patch or a driver?
Patch or no patch—that is the question.