When two pairs of glasses are no longer enough
Yet I've learned that glasses can fool you, especially now they are seen as a fashion accessory! Not that I'm complaining, I love my glasses and I believe I suit them (or so I've been told...). However, quite a lot of people wear glasses now, making it difficult to distinguish who's a little short-sightedness and who's registered as having a sight impairment. This makes it so easy to think your level of sight can't possibly be that bad, especially when you don't know any different. So when the idea of using a white cane was mentioned it seemed odd for myself and others. Aside from the fact that I already walk with a stick (sorry I only have two hands!) people jumped to the conclusion that if I can see then why would I need a white cane, surely they're for people who are blind or nearly blind? I can't deny the fact that the same thoughts crossed my mind too; I have used many different aids in my life to complete daily task but a white cane isn't something I thought I would use, it isn't something I thought I would ever need.
At the moment I am waiting for further doctors appointments to look at what equipment would be the most useful for myself, as well as teaching me how to use a white cane- which will probably be an interesting experience! Luckily they do not think my vision will deteriorate anymore and my level of sight can be kept stable with glasses, at least that is good news! A white cane may not be able to stop me walking into cupboard doors above me that I've left open by mistake, but it could stop me from tripping up over a curb and underneath all of the apprehension, that sounds like it might be a good idea. It sounds like an idea that I may not like at this moment in time, but potentially could prevent a lot of falls!
~ Chloe x