With the subject of hidden disability high on the 2018 political and ethical agenda, many people are unaware that people can have issues with their eyes and eyesight that prescription lenses and glasses cannot correct. For these people, life can be a daily battle of trying to keep safely manoeuvre around places as people make no allowances for their condition, being unable to see the effect their eye issue is having.
When this occurs in childhood, a lack of confidence can be instilled from an early age, especially when there is a difference in the appearance of the eye that other children may notice and highlight. Childhood innocence means mentioning something that is not the norm is out of curiosity and not malice but can still have a life-long effect to those being subjected to negative comment.
Despite the child often having views of medical evidence to provide to schools and educational establishments that prove there are certain needs that need to be adhered to in order for the child to make the most of their learning experience, the simple fact that a child doesn’t wear glasses means that their needs are often overlooked. As a child does not want to draw attention to themselves in front of others, they often do not stand up for their rights and so suffer in silence.
With current trends dictating that glasses most definitely are a fashion worthy item to be seen in, by simply wearing a pair of non-prescription framed glasses, suddenly the needs of the child become far more apparent and subsequently met. People automatically question visual needs far more, seating the child at the front of the class or away from direct sunlight for example and making access arrangements for exams.
As we move forward into a more accepting way of life, such issues are sure to become far more featured as a subject of debate in newspapers and on social media. And whilst this is an issue that needs addressing, naturally there are people and organisations that excel in terms of going the extra mile to understand an individual’s needs. The government themselves are currently looking at the blue badge parking scheme and extending its remit beyond that of obvious physical disability and this indicates a step in a positive direction for those with hidden disabilities.