I am pretty much three-faced. While many would assume this is a bad thing, in this context I would have to disagree! 🙂

My three faces are:
1. Glasses with cane
2. Glasses without cane
3. Sunglasses with cane

How I manage to wear three faces is still difficult for me sometimes however I’ve pretty much got it down.

I wear my glasses with cane when I am walking with others or I need to be looking for a building or something I am not familiar with. This is when I get the most double-takes or strange looks because if she’s wearing glasses.. how could she be blind?

I wear glasses with no cane when the stars align and it is neither too cloudy nor sunny, or when I am with someone I really trust to help me. I am having more and more trouble in different light situations. My vision is where I can choose or decide not to use the cane at certain times, it just depends. I like that I still have this option and recognize that I likely won’t have it forever. I also know that there are times I should probably use my cane more than I do, but so far so good and it’s working for me.

Last, there is the sunglasses with the cane. Let’s face it.. I live in Texas and it is pretty much really cloudy in which I get this horrible weird glare thing or really sunny in which the glare and sun is, well, blinding! Sunglasses in both of these situations are really helpful even though many think wearing sunglasses in a cloudy situation is weird. Oh well. 😛 Therefore, I am finding myself using my cane with my sunglasses more and more. I also like to have something on my head pretty much all the time since I’ve gotten used to glasses. So I have been wearing my sunglasses on my head or eyes more and more nowadays. 🙂

I do whatever works best for me in the moment. I am learning more and more to not to care what others think though and just do whatever I feel I need to do. The above is generally when I make the decision between my three faces, however, there are times when I do something completely different if I feel that is what I need to do that day.

As always, I’d love to hear your feedback!

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

3 thoughts on “3-faced”

  1. Jess–so glad to see how you are embracing your abilities!! Your own empathy and understanding of what it means to have these challenges is going to add so much to your skills as you pursue your career!! Thanks for continuing to share!

    1. Aww, Melinda! You are so very sweet. I’m so glad you are reading my blog and I truly appreciate your kind words. ❤ you!

  2. Thanks for sharing. So glad you are learning not to care what other people think. My twins have yet to notice what other people think and they are only seven. I am always looking for insights and encouragement on how to parent them. I am curious how your parents have parented you?
    Also, this was another encouraging blog I thought I would share with you.

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