Friday, November 11, 2016

sometimes pictures say it better

I say often that Trevor's vision loss (right hemianopsia) is one of his most complex, challenging, and frustrating to explain disabilities. He, literally, cannot see anything to the right side of both eyes. It's a very significant field cut. For years I've been attempting to teach him that he has a "blind side". My hope is that one day he'll begin to intuitively sense when something is there. In the meantime, I'm terrified that he'll be smushed by a car he didn't even know was coming! 

Because he does an excellent job navigating the world in spite of his field cut AND we do a thorough job keeping him safe, his vision loss is an invisible disability to most of the world.

These pictures do an excellent job of giving a tangible lesson on how dramatic his field cut is.

In this first picture, notice how close the horse (baby is peeking through the fence too) is to him. He has NO idea she's there. He doesn't suspect anything. 

The next picture was snapped just a second later when he was told to "look on your blind side". You can see he's laughing, but his body has also curled up in a defensive posture. He was startled that she was right there. He didn't SEE her, but he also didn't SENSE that she was practically giving him a kiss!

His vision loss affects every waking moment of every day. It impacts his ability to see text on a page, to navigate hiking paths, to pour himself a drink, to find me in another room...

And yet, he never seems to mind. He just keeps being Trevy and figuring out ways to live to the fullest.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Somedays I forget about Daisy's major vision cut. Thank you for the reminder and to be more mindful of it. ~ April