It Never Rains, by Kari Maaren
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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Okay, people have been asking about this, so I'll add a blurb.  Tunnel vision is not exactly like going around with paper-towel rolls glued to your face, but when you're a pissed-off fifteen-year-old trying to explain to someone who insists on calling you "not blind," it makes as good an analogy as any.  Looking through paper-towel rolls does not actually accurately replicate the effect.  Looking through your own curled-up fingers is maybe a little closer, but still not there.  Imagine it this way:  a normal field of vision includes quite a bit of peripheral vision (about 180 degrees of it, in fact).  I'm sure someday Rose will get around to mentioning from which disease she's suffering, but until she does, just take it as a given that certain diseases cause peripheral vision to contract.  People who have visual fields under 20 degrees--in contrast with the 180-degree norm--are considered legally blind.  Someone with a small visual field can still have good visual acuity...just not much of it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Panel 1:  Iz and Rose are still sitting on the park bench.

Iz:  Do you just never tell the truth about anything?

Rose:  It usually drives nosy people away.

Panel 2:  

Rose:  If you must know, a piece of human garbage stole my white cane, and I'm now sitting here being insecure about my ability to get home without looking stupid.

Panel 3:  

Iz:  You're not blind, though.

Rose:  Yes, I am, you cretin.  I have tunnel vision.  It's like going around with paper-towel rolls permanently glued to my face.

Panel 4:  

Iz:  I want to try--

Rose:  Why is that everyone's first response?

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