This is the Visually Impaired People Tag, also known as the VIP tag. I decided to do this tag for all of you to hopefully understand my visual impairment better. So, let’s get started with the questions:
- What medical condition(s) caused you to be blind or visually impaired?The medical condition that caused my visual impairment is Degenerative Myopia. But, I also have other eye conditions, which includes: astigmatism, amblyopia(lazy-eye), strabismus(crossed-eyes), nystagmus(dancing-eyes), and night-blindness.
- In three words describe your vision.My vision is a combination of blurriness, shakiness and therefore it can be very unpredictable sometimes.
- What is the hardest thing to do being blind or visually impaired? One of the hardest things to do as a visually impaired person is traveling alone in unfamiliar places and also traveling in extreme weather conditions especially in the winter. And other than that, it is also hard when I tell sighted people that I’m visually impaired and sometimes they don’t get it, because they don’t have the experience of being visually impaired.
- What is the best part about being blind or visually impaired?The best part about being visually impaired is that I do not hold judgemental thoughts on people’s looks because I simply don’t see well enough to make those judgements. The second part I like about being visually impaired is that I have the privilege to sit at the ‘courtesy seating area’ on the bus without feeling guilty!
- What question do you get asked most about or because of your vision?In one instance, I was asked to explain how I see the world with my eyes and my remaining vision that I have. In another instance, I have been told that I don’t ‘look’ blind because I could still maintain eye contact when I talk with them.
- Do you have a cane, a guide dog or neither?I am currently a White Cane user.
- What piece of advice would you give to someone who is losing, or going to loose or has lost their sight?It is indeed a scary process to lose one’s vision or to accept a loss as big as having vision loss (personally, I am still in this grieving process). But the world does not end when you lose the ability to see. You are still capable of living a normal and active life, the only difference would be to learn and do some of your daily tasks just a little differently. Sometimes, you might need more time and require some assistance from others and that is totally fine.
- What piece of advice would you give to a sighted person about interacting with someone who is blind or visually impaired?Sighted people shouldn’t question any visually impaired person about their eye diseases. No two people with blindness or visual impairment are the same even if they have the same eye condition. In addition, sighted people should not discredit people with visual impairment, many blind or people with vision loss are still capable of living the same kind of lifestyle as sighted people do.
- Why did you join YouTube/blogging?I joined blogging for the purpose is to get out there and share my story and my experience with vision loss. I wish to advocate and educate others and to end the stigma on blindness/visual impairment. Also, I hope to break down barriers and misconceptions of people living with disabilities.
- Name three people to do this tag next.
Instead of tagging three people, I suggest anyone who is blind or have a visual impairment haven’t done it to do this tag. It is important to spread the awareness and share your story with us in the blind community. You are not alone, even if you live in complete darkness.Thank you for reading to the end!By: The Invisible Vision Project