Holiday gatherings, seasonal job interviews, and Christmas shopping are here again. But what happens when a person with what is commonly referred to as a ‘lazy eye’ enters this mix? Many say adult bullies often whisper and sneer behind their backs, make crude remarks in shopping lines, turn them away without being allowed to interview for a job they know they are qualified to do, ignore them or make them the subject of jokes at social events, and intimidate them at work.
Bullying at the elementary, high school, and college level has been forefront in the news recently. But many with a turned eye report bullying throughout their lives.
I rarely use the term ‘lazy eye,’ because some whose eyes are not aligned together report that others associate ‘lazy eye’ with laziness. However, ‘lazy eye’ is medically used as a synonym for ‘amblyopia,’ which is decreased vision in one eye. Unfortunately, ‘lazy eye’ is also a frequent taunt to harass a person with a turned eye whether or not they have amblyopia.
Feel free to share your struggles and/or solutions as a person with a turned eye dealing with adult bullying or intimidation. No email addresses or private information will be shared without your permission. Our goal is to generate public awareness of how unkind remarks and unfair perceptions destroy the lives of people with turned eyes.
If you are an adult who has been inconsiderate of someone just because their eyes are not aligned, you need to know the pain your moment of fun causes for those you taunt. People are not incompetent or mentally challenged just because their eyes are not looking the same direction. Of course, people who have mental challenges deserve to be treated with dignity as well. But most people with turned eyes are competent and loyal individuals when given a chance. Please treat everyone facing a challenge as you would want to be treated if you were in their place.
For those who would like to offer media support to help foster awareness of the problem faced by those with turned eyes, you may contact me via the email address at the bottom of this page.
- College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)
- American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)
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