Can I See What You See?
For many years I’ve felt it incumbent to help people with better vision understand the vision limits those of us with mac degen experience. Lately, however, I’m running into a phenomena where it is suggested that I try harder to see what someone else can see. This is a bit disconcerting since if you don’t ‘try’ it looks like you don’t want to cooperate and if you do ‘try’ you just frustrate yourself.
First a simple fact: we all see things differently: simple things such as weather, lighting, other obstructions or more difficult things as vision issues, medical problems, and , of course, our varying perspectives on life all impact what and how we each see. Now having stated this, why don’t people remember this when I don’t see what they are pointing out ?
I think some of this can be directed to the popular electronic media – cell phones, tablets, computers, and so on. The new graphics are incredible and the ability to upsize print documents is great. But, for me, this just doesn’t work. I have to study the page from varying directions if possible, move into better lighting or perhaps have someone point out a feature or an app – and this takes time. Directing me to try harder takes my attention away from what I’m trying to ‘see’ and refocusing takes even more time. If there’s glare or low light forget it!
And to top it off, the discovery that I really am not seeing some of the things I used to see makes me sad and a little bit angry. As someone who is proud of her reading ability and attention to detail this is also embarrassing. Of course, that’s my problem to deal with.
So what to do in these situations? Do you have some thoughts about what you do? I’d love to hear.
Meanwhile, I’m giving up the thought that I’d be the state’s major witness in the crime of the century and, from the witness chair, point dramatically to the perpetrator announcing “It was YOU.” Unfortunately pointing directly at someone is a vision skill I lost a long time ago!!