Oh The Colors We Blind People Sometimes See: Body: Love The Skin You’re Living In.

If you did a search to find out, “What color blind people see,” you’ve lucked out. “Seriously!” I’m a blind person. So, that means, “I can accurately answer your question.”

In order to follow me though; what you need to understand is that most blind people aren’t completely in the dark. Many of us have some level of light perception, even if it is only perceptible by looking directly into the sun.

Some folks who are classified as being Legally Blind can actually see pretty well; reading print up close, or simply using a magnifier if large print material alone doesn’t cut it for them. Some Legally Blind people actually see better in the dark than they do in the daylight, as well. Others amongst us can see better in the day than the night.

In my world; things are in varying shades of gray. I can tell when it is day and night. However, sometimes I find I have trouble telling when the sun is actually out by just looking through a window.

At night; although it might be pitch black in reality; many times I see things as if I’m surrounded by an impenetrable luminescent gray haze. They tell me that this seeing light in the dark thing varies depending upon how aggravated the optic nerves behind my eyes are. But, the bottom line is, while things in reality are totally dark to the average person, “Sometimes my nights are super bright.”

Sometimes I see stars. Other times I see white snake like lines. Other times I see flashers that are usually of a bright bluish white color.

A lot of the times I can tell when a thunderstorm is forming or approaching because of the light show that goes on in my head. When thunderstorms are around; I see brilliant red and orange flares. The more intense the storm the more frequently I see them.

As annoying as these little light shows can be, they do come in handy, especially where the thunder storms are concerned. Why call the Weather Man to find out what’s in the area weather wise when Brian’s around, “Right?”

Sometimes, even during the day, I get more of a light show in my head than I see in broad daylight outside. It’s all mostly brilliant gray and white lights. But, it is what it is and I just do the best I can with it, even if it really is distracting.

My retinas are pretty much shot to hell; all thanks to a genetically induced condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa. Basically, because of the way my retinas are damaged, compliments of RP, my eyes suffer the kind of instability in super humid weather that a power tool would experience as it draws its electricity through a stripped power cord; the exposed copper wires coming in contact with water.

“No.” Retinitis Pigmentosa is not an eye condition that can be fixed via surgery. So, I’ve learned to live with the distractions that these little light shows sometimes present, along with a few other things many folks would find down right irritating; understanding that it’s all just a part of the package deal. Besides; RP is only a small part of who I am as a person; often responsible for bringing out the best in me.

Author: Brian Schnabel

[Email: brian@brianschnabel.com]: Seeking my very own Joan Watson in Elementary 26-year-old form; I’m plugin it all in here via Microsoft Word 2016, Windows 10, JAWS 18.0.2945 and the screen reader accessibility of WordPress 4.8.0.

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