A contribution of mine.

Having been elected to the Council of the British College of Optometrists,  I have used my newfound area of expertise, to good effect.

I wrote a ‘ Guide to testing the eyes of patients in wheelchairs’ . I won’t copy it to this blog, as it a bit optometrist’y, but I can  talk about it, obviously.

I am, after all, probably fairly unique in being on both sides of the table – having been able bodied and examined the eyes of lots of wheelchairists, and am now one of them myself! Who better to write the Guide, than myself, I reasoned….

As well as the practical stuff, there is always the ‘ interaction factor ‘ to consider.  I am continually surprised by the awkwardness of the public ( or some of ) when it comes to talking to me. I accept that I don’t look like I’d be that clever, but  before my injury people would talk to me without too much difficulty, but now some don’t appear able to. At the doctor’s the other day, I told the receptionist that I had an appointment at 2.45, and was here… she replied, not to me, but to my 15 year old daughter, telling HER where we should wait to see the District Nurse, as if I was completely invisible…. and that was in a doctors’ surgery. What chance do I have elsewhere..?

In my Guide I have addressed this issue, saying that physical detriment does not mean that mental detriment necessarily follows…

I’ve said to apply The Stephen Hawking Rule …

THE STEPHEN HAWKING RULE – HE’S IN A WHEELCHAIR, BUT HE’S A LOT SMARTER THAN YOU ARE…

( aka  don’t you dare talk down to him )

 

1 thought on “A contribution of mine.

  1. Having worked in a physical rehab hospital – sadly that is what most people experience all over the world 🙁 …

    The public need to be educated!
    Well done on your blog – it should get out there.

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