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.
What is the correct pronunciation of your blog name?
I pronounce my blog name as “Veronica with four eyes” but some people pronounce it “Veron-four-eye-cuh.”
Where do you live?
I am from Virginia and attend college near Washington, DC.
What schools did you attend?
I attended Virginia public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade in two different school districts. I attended 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.
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 learned Braille in a college class, not out of necessity.
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 (finally!!) 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?
Nope! I have one brother, and he wears glasses, but his vision is nowhere near as bad as mine and glasses correct his vision 100%.
Does anyone else in your family have vision issues/chronic illness?
Nope, I am the only one in my family with low vision, Chiari Malformation, chronic migraines, and chronic pain.
Can I interview you?
Email veron4ica (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject “Interview.” I can do an email, FaceTime, or Skype interview with you. However, I retain the right to review the contents of the interview prior to publication. I live in the US Eastern time zone.
Can I reprint your article?
Please do not reprint or repost my article without credit or permission. You may link to the post with credit to Veroniiiica Lewis at http://www.veroniiiica.com. If you wish to reprint the article, please contact me at veron4ica (at) gmail (dot) com.
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 do guest posts?
I do! Feel free to contact me at veron4ica (at) gmail (dot) com for more information. I retain publication rights for my work.
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 thrive on reader suggestions.
What WordPress theme do you use?
I use the theme Plane. I am the sole webmaster.
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 used under the Creative Commons Zero license and are retrieved from Pexels or Pixabay. I create blog images using Canva, PicsArt, Repix, and Photoshop.