Eye see

25 01 2008


I was well overdue for an eye test. By about 4 years. I went to a Specsavers branch near work, and I was concerned how they would cope with a deaf client. I had walked in last week to make an appointment, and was told ‘Sorry, we don’t allow pets’ – I replied that he’s not a pet, he’s a Hearing Dog. They were ok with that. Today, I was asked to take a glaucoma (tonometry test) which I hate, hate, hate! A non-contact tonometer puffs air through the eye and measures the level of pressure within the eye. Very uncomfortable, and I was shaking afterwards. Then I was asked to mumble….mumble…. ‘Hang on’, I said, ‘I need to lip read you so I will have to see your face’. Oh. Once THAT had registered, the optometrist moved and faced me so I could see her speak. From then on, it was all plain sailing.

She tested my vision using various wall charts, and then checked the health of my eyes. Thankfully my eyes are ok. At one point, she said ‘so you can lip read me?’ – as it was dark in the room and I was following what she was saying. I explained that I can only hear vowels and not consonants, and a great help to lip reading or guesswork is knowing the context of speech. As I’ve had eye tests before, I know what to expect and can guess what will be said – ‘look up’, ‘look down’ etc – so I didn’t have too much of a problem with following her speech in the dark. She switched the lights back on for normal conversation and spoke clearly so it was fairly stress-free communication. Great stuff!



6 responses

25 01 2008
Deaf friends

The pic is so horrible.

25 01 2008

The photo is hilarious. A great find to enhance the topic of your blog post. Good work!

Yes, I know what you mean. I have struggled to lipread an opthomologist in a low lit room with my eyes dilated and everything blurry. Vision tests can be a real challenge for us deafies, but like you, I usually make it through the appointment with a little work.

~ LaRonda

25 01 2008
deaf single

incredible picture!!! I can’t believe that someone can manage that expression!

25 01 2008
Deaf dating

Thanks for sharing your experience.

25 01 2008
Debbie C.

Are you serious? I hope so about the pic! 🙂

26 01 2008

lol loved the photo, very good, I could have done with adjustable eyes like that at a function last week, the speaker was directly behind a multi candle holder and the flames were covering or distracting me from her mouth, so lipreading was impossible, as i sat bored through her long speech my mind went into overdrive and all I could think of was ” I’m just a poor boy nobody loves me” yes the bohemian rhapsody video, her hair was just like brians mays too, bet they wondered why I was smiling lol

sounds like a positive experiene FOL, at elast they catered for you, they don’t always.

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