Look up “tropes” in a dictionary and you’ll find something similar to this:

Merriam-Webster Online:

Etymology: Latin tropus, from Greek tropos turn, way, manner, style, trope, from trepein to turn
1. a word or expression used in a figurative sense : FIGURE OF SPEECH
2. a phrase or verse added as an embellishment or interpolation to the sung parts of the Mass in the Middle Ages

A figure of speech using words in nonliteral ways, such as a metaphor.
A word or phrase interpolated as an embellishment in the sung parts of certain medieval liturgies.
[Latin tropus, from Greek tropos, turn, figure of speech. See trep- in Indo-European Roots.]

The “turning away” part is, of course, where the terms “esotropia,” “exotropia,” “hypertropia,” and “hypotropia” get their name.

The “figure of speech” or “metaphor” part is my favorite, though. True to the “Trope” in me, I like to see my strabismus in a figurative sense or nonliteral way, such as a metaphor. That’s because the vision I see with my eyes is deceptive. It tells me what is on the outside. But it’s the attitude I take on the inside about what I see that realy counts!

I like the part about being an embellishment also. So many with eyes apart have grown up feeling ugly and have been treated that way as well. But remember, it’s who we are inside that counts. An embellishment is the part that makes everything else pretty or more enjoyable. Let’s choose to embellish the world and make it a better place regardless of the bumps it throws at us. In so doing, we find the embellishment returned to us — that good feeling inside.

My Behavioral Optometrist lovingly refers to her strabismus patients as “My Tropes.” I’m proud to be a Trope. Yes, we see the world a little differently. The world looks differently to us, and sometimes toward us as well. Yet this only compels us to polish the inside, because we know that is who we really are!

3 thoughts on “Tropes”

  1. I’ve been married to Maureen for almost 35 years now. As best I am able to discern, she has “Amblyopia”. As a child back in the 50’s she was diagnosed with “Lazy Eye” and the doctor did what they knew to do back then. They tried covering the good eye to force the lazy eye to do it’s job. To make a long story shorter…none of it worked. She too has a difficult time trying to explain what she “sees.”
    I can only imagine what it has been like for her all of her life. She has no depth perception and yet, she plays great golf and can outputt me and I have two good eyes. She’s amazing. I don’t understand how she is able to do most of what she does every day. She has no desire to learn to drive a car. She says she knows it would be impossible but you know what…she can drive a golf cart around the course with little difficulty.

  2. I understand about the driving. Much less traffic with a golf cart!

    I do drive, but have problems trying to find new places sometimes. I can read street signs, but sometimes can’t find the place to turn until I drive past it.

    Biggest problem is parking, though. Parallel parking I just don’t do unless I have no choice and must. Then it takes me a lot of tries to get in, because I can’t tell how close I am to the other car. Usually I’m a lot farther away than I think I am, so I don’t think I am dangerous, but is annoying for me!

  3. Parallel parking? NO WAY! I will park 3 miles away and walk before I will parallel park!

    My boss at work joked one day that he told the Leads to start giving me a breathilizer when I come in to work each day because of how I park. I just can’t tell where the right side of my car is!

    Driving at night is the hardest for me. Not having depth perception, it’s hard to judge how far away a turn or object is. It’s hard enough during the day!

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