For some reason, as I walked home from the train station after work today, I got hung up, thinking about my vision problems.
I am officially 'blind'. I was most offended when the doctor called me that. I would say 'partially sighted' - when I look straight forward, I can see nothing to the right, just a blurry brightly coloured mess. If I try to look to the right, I can see thing there, fine. I think I'm incredibly lucky to be able to see as well as I do (and, because I'm 'blind', I get reduced TV licence fee, reduced train fares, free buses, Disability Living Allowance...).
But I have very odd vision, as well as the 'blind'ness. If I look straight forward, then apart from the missing right-hand-side, I see normally. But if I try and look out the edges of my eyeball (down, up, left, right), I see double. The second image is off to the right, lower, and often at a really silly angle.
As I walked home tonight, all the way I was looking *down* at the pavement. This meant I could see double, all the way. If I'd looked a few metres ahead, I could just see one pavement, one kerb... but if I tried to look out of the bottom of my eye, i see double. On image is 'right' and the second is off at an angle. Both eyes on their own seem to see the 'right' image. Where does the second one come from. And why is it always so wonky?
I am SO lucky that the middle of my vision went back to normal, by about 9 months after the accident. But 9 years later, the edges are still bed (and I assume they always will be, now).
I was going to put this burble in my blog, but I have lost the message telling me where the blogs are, now.