Veronica With Four Eyes

About

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My name is Veronica Lewis, and I have four eyes, also known as low vision. I love to write, especially about assistive technology and vision impairment, so I created Veronica With Four Eyes to share positive, practical posts about the things I am passionate about.

Here are some frequently asked questions:

Why does your name have so many “I”s?

In the United States, “four eyes” is a common slang term for wearing glasses.  Since my name is Veronica, I chose to incorporate three additional “I”s in my name, so I would be Veronica with four “I”s, or eyes.

How should I refer to your blog?

My blog title is Veronica With Four Eyes and my name is Veronica Lewis

How should I pronounce your social media username?

Veron4ica (Ver-awn-for-eye-cuh)

Where do you live?

I am from Virginia and attend George Mason University, which is right outside of Washington, DC.

What schools did you attend?

I attended Virginia public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade in two different school districts.  This includes  one elementary school, one middle school, and two high schools- I attended one for freshman and sophomore year and switched to a different school district for junior and senior year.  I graduated with an advanced diploma in 2015 with a 3.8 GPA and started attending George Mason University in 2015, with an expected graduation date of May 2020.

Where did you attend school?

Because my former schools and school districts are making steps towards positive change in how they handle students identified with vision impairments, I do not wish to disclose the names of the school districts, school names, or the names of individuals that worked with me while I was in Virginia public schools. My favorite teachers are identified anonymously under a pseudonym, such as Mr. C or Mrs. S.

Were you in special education?

Besides briefly having a 504 plan in middle school, I had an IEP all throughout my years in school for low vision.  I accessed the general curriculum and spent over 90% of my time in the general education classroom.  I was the only student with documented low vision in the schools I attended.

Are you a Braille reader?

I am not a Braille reader, I prefer to use large print or a screen reader.  I do know how to read limited Braille, but do not use it in my daily life.

Do you prefer person-first or identity-first language?

I use a mix of person-first and identity-first language in my writing, and do not have a preference for which one people should use when talking to me. I do ask that people refrain from making disability sound miserable or dramatic, i.e using terms like “suffering from low vision.”

What diagnoses do you have?

I was originally diagnosed with accommodative esotropia around age three, with additional diagnoses of astigmatism, strabismus, double vision, and trouble seeing small print/print disability.  This diagnosis was updated to include decompensated strabismus in January 2017.

Besides eye issues, I was diagnosed with chronic migraines and chronic pain when I was fourteen , and had suspected Chiari Malformation, which was diagnosed on a MRI when I was eighteen.  I have not had any surgery to treat my Chiari, though have had two eye surgeries in 2008 and at the end of 2016.

Do your siblings have low vision/is your condition genetic?

No, I have one younger brother with vision that is corrected to 20/20 with glasses. My condition is not genetic either

Does anyone else in your family have vision issues/chronic illness?

I am the only one in my family with Chiari Malformation, and chronic migraines. I am also the only one in my family with low vision that is not the result of acquired vision loss.

Can I interview you?

Check out my work with me page

Can I reprint your article?

Check out my work with me page

Can I share your article?

Absolutely!  I share my posts on Pinterest and Twitter, and you are more than welcome to repin, retweet, and share with others!  If you include a link to one of my articles in a listserv or social media page, please let me know, as I would love to see my articles being shared!

Do you post on other websites?

Yes and no. My posts are reprinted on other websites, but everything I write is also posted here on my website. So I don’t post exclusive content anywhere else, it’s all right here.

Can you speak at my event?

Check out my work with me page

How can I suggest new posts?

Comment on any of my articles with your post idea(s), and I would be happy to check out your suggestions.  I love reader suggestions!

Where do you get your blog images?

Several of my friends take blog photos with me using either an iPhone or Android phone.  Other images are  under the Creative Commons Zero license and are from Pexels or Pixabay.  I create blog images using Canva, PicsArt, Repix, and Photoshop.

Why do you have such vague descriptions of your friends?

As much as they think it would be cool for everyone to know them, I prefer to keep the identities of my friends anonymous, just like with my former teachers. This is why I use they/them pronouns and identify them by random letters at times. Generally, my friends know when a post is about or inspired by them.

 


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