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How my parents support me and my vision impairment- by Elin @myblurredworld

My name is Elin, I am a 19-year-old student and blogger from North Wales. I was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) at the age of six and have since been diagnosed with another condition called Optic Disc Drusen shortly following my 19th birthday. I was registered blind/severely sight impaired when I was twelve years old and my vision has deteriorated drastically over the years meaning I have very little remaining vision to this day. One of my main goals in life is to raise as much awareness as possible surrounding the topic of vision impairment. … Read more

Parenting: VI Edition- By Grace Marsh

A few weeks after I was born – the long-awaited first child of a couple in their late twenties – my family realised that my eyes weren’t focusing on objects or people, and instantly began to worry. My mother in particular was stressed to the point of hair loss (everything other than her lashes fell out!), distraught at the prospect of having a child with a then unknown disability or illness. She lost weight and struggled immensely with stress and anxiety. Yet, here we are around seventeen years on; I lost what residual vision I did have three years ago, and … Read more

Bonding with your blind baby: Little Amber

I do not think we’d be alone in remembering back to those first two years with Ronan and the challenges of trying to figure out what worked for our blind baby. It never seemed to be what was written the books for other babies. While we had lots of smiles, we also had lots of tears that left us wondering what to do as new parents. We gradually built our connection with Ronan through music. We sang and sang and sang some more. We played with music toys and wrote musical stories for him. Indeed, Ronan, now almost five, has … Read more

The frustration of Scarlett’s frustration

In psychology frustration is a common emotional response to opposition. Related to anger, disappointment and annoyance, frustration arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfilment of an individual’s will or goal and is likely to increase when a person’s will or goal is blocked. This half-term holiday has highlighted Scarlett’s frustrations to me and when I explore the meaning of frustration I can see why my little girl has been experiencing some high levels of frustration over the last week. Scarlett is a very strong willed young lady, with limited motivators in Scarlett’s life, she has a very clear picture … Read more

The day I saw my daughter play

Scarlett my beautiful six year old angel of a daughter is blind, she has no useful vision, as she has grown older it has become very clear that she has a variety of very complex needs, she may be on the autism spectrum, she is none verbal and has difficulties around social and communication areas and she is developmentally delayed. Will more things become apparent as she gets older? Perhaps! The complex nature of my daughters disabilities and the cognitive processing issues Scarlett has she outstandingly oozes with personality. Until she came along I didn’t realise the level of communication and connection that can be … Read more

Top 20 Read Posts of 2016!

2016 was a great year for Through Scarlett’s Eyes, with more people visiting the website more than ever we have showcased some beautifully written and thought provoking work! 2016 was also a great year for external contributors, so I would like to say a big thank you to all of the people who gave up their time to plough their heart and soul into creating and sharing some of their life experiences. I personally feel that when you write something and share it with the virtual world it is like giving a little piece of yourself to the readers. I … Read more

Caoimhe’s Journey- by Mummy Deirdre Burns

Caoimhe is four years old and is my youngest daughter. She has two older siblings, Cara, 10 and Lorcan, 14. When Caoimhe was born, she was a healthy 6lb baby girl with no problems at all but at a year old, I started to notice that her right eye was turning in. I mentioned it to the health visitor and she referred us to our ophthalmology dept at the local hospital. Her eye tests showed that she did need glasses and we attended regular check ups. Her sight was getting progressively worse and so was the turn in her eye. … Read more

My mistakes have made me – By Elin Williams

One of the most valuable things I gained from studying for two years at a specialist school for the blind was the freedom to make mistakes. I would never say that my parents have been suffocating or wrapped me up in cotton-wool, but natural parental instincts are always going to come into play when your blind child is handling sharp objects or very hot things. Maybe that’s why I never quite felt comfortable doing those things at home. I always thought that if anything went wrong, my parent’s reaction was guaranteed to be much more dramatic than mine. It’s a … Read more

Why I choose to write about my visually impaired daughter on the Internet

This subject has been fiercely debated online, I have seen many parents clash with young visually impaired people about the rights and wrongs of this subject and I have read some really strong and valid points on both sides of the fence.  I have tended to stay away from discussing this on the Through Scarlett’s Eyes forum as it can be quite a sensitive area for both parties involved. I think now has come a time for me to talk about me, what benefit I get from doing it, personally, not Scarlett, as I can not truly speak for her. … Read more

My top ten tips for living with a partially sighted person – By Liam Mackin

This week, in a break from the usual Wednesday night slot, I’m delighted to be writing a piece for Young Person’s Voice month on throughscarlettseyes.com This week I’m sharing my top ten tips for living with a partially sighted person. Lots of people who have blind or partially sighted children, parents, siblings, partners and flatmates have never lived with a partially sighted person before, so hopefully these tips will help you. 1. Don’t treat us differently Whilst it can be easy for parents of blind children to wrap them in cotton wool, that doesn’t help them. They won’t learn to … Read more