you may have noticed
i have a lazy eye
my parents noticed it when i was about two years old and i went to optometrists a lot when i was a kid, but eventually i gave up on glasses because they werent going to fix it
i can see out of this eye, but its hard. it needs glasses where as my right eye (good eye) can nearly see perfectly. i think its slightly cut off from my brain too due to ignoring it for so long? or that may be the other way around, honestly ive forgotten
i can even look around you with both eyes, i kind of see double when i do this, plus i can make pretty funny faces when i do this and make people laugh
i can actually go crosseyed though, something i didnt know i could do up until VERY recently?
but it makes me VERY dizzy and i get headaches
now obviously, i look funny. i know this. ive been made fun of for this ever since i can remember.
sometimes i get sad when people complain that things look walleyed, because you know, i am walleyed. i also have a low self esteem, due to this and other things, but thats besides the point.
my lazy eye causes headaches, means i have literally NO depth perception (3D movies are WASTED on me, paying an extra 2 dollars at the theatre to just get some dumb glasses and see none of what im supposed to is pretty annoying), makes it hard when im out doing my daily life as no one can tell when im speaking to them (i got in trouble many times at work for ‘not calling people over to my till’ because they didnt know i was talking to them) and obviously doesnt make me look appealing
now, just cuz i can make fun of myself sometimes doesnt make it ok when you make fun of me for it. i cant help it, and i can get insecure due to it. if you can see straight and make fun of someone like me’s appearance, you know its a very low blow. its downright bullying.
youre basically calling me ugly for having a disability. do you do that to blind people or people in wheelchairs? no? why? because thats not fair, they have a disability, and you dont
this is what ableism is about
im not saying having this lazy eye is bad as losing my ability to see or walk, im just saying it falls into the same context, so its not exactly fair to poke fun at a disability i have, is it? its downright offensive.
so im just asking if you could take the fact that it is a disability into context and stop being rude to people about things they cant help that are actually hard to deal with in daily life