In my latest meme I mentioned that I was an amblyope and many readers seem fascinated by the fact. According to wikipedia, only 1-5% of the population has it. I guess that makes me special. Amblyopia has nothing to do with Opie Taylor walking down a country road in Mayberry.
My left eye sees things but it's just lazy, and you know when there's work to be done and something is lazy, something else comes in and takes over, i.e. the right eye.
As a child, if I covered my right eye, it seemed as though the images seen with the left eye would get darker and certainly blurry. I was forced to wear an eye patch when reading or watching TV and it was so annoying it ruined the pleasure. My family even had to take speech lessons to understand me. After several years, the problem remained and the patch was thrown away.
It wasn't until I was in mid-life and became good friends with my optometrist, that I learned more about my condition and finally had an explanation about parts of my life.
Now I know why I could never hit a moving target, be it a baseball, tennis ball, badminton birdie - I have no depth perception. I'm not sure what the excuse is for a stationary golf ball, but after 2-3 hours of 30 strokes per hole and the ball still sitting on the tee, I gave up on that too. At least I finally had an excuse for being the last pick in gym class.
So how does one survive without depth perception? It's easy; my brain has adapted. I do have perspective, so I can tell objects are far away because they are smaller. I've never really known what 3-D looks like. As a result, that explains why I could do well at bowling and archery since I could focus on a distant stationary target.
"Didn't you see that arm reach out of the movie screen and almost touch you?"
"Nope. And I'm getting a headache so get me out of here." Whiners always ruin the fun for others.
What is weird is that I think three dimensionally. When looking at photographs or blue prints, I can visualize the space and understand the dimension and volume in my mind, more so than most people do. Perhaps it's because two dimensions is my reality.
The only real problem I have with amblyopia is being beaten up all the time. My left side is always bruised and sore from door jambs and table corners jumping in front of me.