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Tell 'em "I must have hearing problems too, because it sounded like you just said something really stupid, and I'm sure that's not at all what you said. IS IT???


Why not see if you can get a larger print sheet with the appropriate PLU numbers so that you can memorize them?
Also, yes my vision can be corrected with glasses; however, I needed to go to an eye specialist to get my vision to 20/25 (it was 20/40 for the first 13 years I had glasses).
You have a right to be able to see/be given what you need to succeed in your job.


I'm a little confused... you're visually impaired enough you need to be an inch away from the screen, but you don't have glasses to help with that? a 10 dollar pair of reading glasses might help at least.

Timekeeper's Twit

YES! this all of this! I get all the same things. Even with my glasses I have to be very close. I get comments all the time. or when I use my magnifier I STILL get it! Ugh. It's like, obviously there is a reason.

also maymarie: it's' not quite that simple. there are optometrists and ophthalmologists. An optometrist looks at the overall health of your eye, while an ophthalmologist specializes in glasses and tools to help low vision people. However it is really difficult to get in to see these specialists and an optometrist sometimes can't help. I was given a prescription the last time I went, but was told to see a specialist.

I am so glad this was posted since February is Visual Impairment Awareness Month. I feel like I need that shooting star that says "the more you know" haha. If anyone would like to talk about this kind of stuff more in depth, please feel free to message me on Facebook! I'm attatched to my nam here, and some of you know me. but Crazy Cashier, please know you are not alone!

The Last Archimedean

As someone who is visually impaired in a way glasses or contact lenses don't help, I feel for you. Hopefully your customers start collectively growing a brain.

Crazy Cashier

@maya : Part of the problem is that I"m not just near sighted/far sighted( I forget which is which honestly) , reading glasses and such are generally for that type of person . (which is a much more common thing, which is why there is a common solution for that)

Even corrected my vision was only slightly better / still in the officially "legally blind" status , that being 20/200 for distance). The other problem is my eyes, like many others are drastically different sight in each eye.

er I wasn't mentioning how I solve when I can't read stuff since I wasn't sure if that'd give too much of a hint to who I am.

I know most of the common PLUs . Things like apples though many apples look similar so I just look to make sure. Some of the labels I know by just seeing what colors are used for the label like black/yellow is honeycrisp apples and such. Then you gotta watch out for the organic ones too. It'd help if people actually knew what they buying too. Had two guys get the wrong type. One guy got mint when he thought he got cilantro and another who switched parsley with cilantro (which is a bit more understandable). The system list is alphabetical too so it makes it easy enough to find what I'm looking for with PLUs. It's more like the meat labels they print out because they're literally like size 5 font.(if that) and when it doesn't scan it's frustrating that I have to use something to be able to read the darn thing. Same with the fishies , sometimes they write the number on there in handwriting and it's readable otherwise it's a super teeny tiny number and I'd rather not scan the little guys and I'm worried about accidently hurting them or something...


If you're squinting and close up to the screen, you're nearsighted. If you need to back up to see, you're farsighted.

@TimeKeeper's Twit: it is possible to get in, however sometimes you do need to bother them repeatedly to get an appointment (at least I need to at my specialist's; they don't quite understand that I currently live 3 hours away and can't constantly rearrange my work schedule)

Greenhouse Gal

It's really not the same thing at all, since it was a temporary thing--but back in my gas station days I had a bad bout with tendonitis, which meant I was wearing wrist braces for a bit. I got SO MANY "what happened to you?" questions, it really pissed me off. Asking personal questions (or making stupid jokes), particularly when you don't know someone (and no, being a regular doesn't count as 'knowing me'), is really intrusive. It maybe gave me some empathy and insight into what folks with actual disabilities put up with all the time.

Crazy Cashier, I'm sorry you have to put up with ableist crap at work all the time (and in other places, too--I'm just guessing). I don't have any particularly helpful suggestions to offer to you, but thank you for the reminder to *me* to not be stupid/make assumptions/make stupid jokes when interacting with folks who may have a disability.


Ah, I had a friend with a visual impairment. Hers was genetic, and her eyesight would switch from fine to nearly-blind constantly. She had to carry a magnifier everywhere. Part of me felt bad for her, but I knew she had always been that way, and for her, it was normal. Nobody asked her about it, but she was a big girl, and would have used that to her advantage if someone got rude! :D I'm sorry you have to deal with it, though. You shouldn't have to put up with people being rude because you're just you.

Crazy Cashier

Just two helpful videos about this for anyone interested.
I have cataracts ( I feel fine mentioning this since I've never mentioned that part of my 3 part eye condition/s) However my vision isn't as bad as the video but I think it gives a good way to visualize the different between normal sight and those with vision problems

also there's a series of videos called "The Truth about Disability" which I think give a good insight on what it's like to be disabled .(in a variety of ways)

Crazy Cashier

^ This is the third episode of the series and it's about stuff people say to disabled people and their opinions on it.


why don't you have glasses? Being visually impaired usually doesn't mean no need for glasses. If you hate people making fun of you for needing to look super close at the screen, consider doing something about it instead of sucking it up (like ask the manager to make the font bigger or you know, get some glasses)

I am visually impaired (astigmatism) and it's normal for me to wake up and grab my glasses, I've never gone a day without them. I wouldn't take them off or not wear them and then get mad if someone poked fun of me for having to squint or cover one eye to read something.

The Last Archimedean

TimmieHoe, some visual impairments can't be fixed with glasses. I have one that has already required surgery on my right eye and will require the same surgery on my left eye in the future. Glasses will do nothing to help. It's possible Crazycashier has a similar issue.

Crazy Cashier

@Timmehoe : It sounds as though you wouldn't count as disabled, if with glasses you basically can see normally. Disability when it comes to vision is based generally on corrected vision (aka with glasses) (which is why people with telescopes on their glasses to see can get licenses, since otherwise they wouldn't be able to drive). So when I say "visually impaired" I am specifically referring to those who are considered disabled .

Infact I used to wear glasses for a very short time (about a year) however the improvement was quite small and I still had to use my vision devices. After that year I stopped because I couldn't even notice that small difference it made in distance after some time.

As I mentioned even corrected I was still in the legally blind range of distance (20/200)

If it was a normal computer I would have no problem adapting it to suit my needs. However (correct me if I"m wrong) register type systems can't be altered with things like font size.

Although in the survey they had us take I did specifically suggest making the meat tags bigger.


Colourblindness can't be fixed at all, and yes, some of us have that, too.


The Worst

I wear glasses, but it was next to impossible finding an eye doctor that didn't just shrug and say "Can't help you, you're blind as a bat." Even with glasses, I have double vision that no doctor has been able to fix yet, and it's all been exacerbated by a recent eye disease (healed now, but I didn't get all my vision back). Glasses are great and I'm glad they help me even a little, but they can't work miracles. They're a tool, they're not magic, and one tool can't be expected to fix every broken thing.

Crazy Cashier

@Amiga : Yeah I know one of my friends in blind camp had special colored glasses but I' not sure how much it helped her color blindness. Yeah there's not many tools out there for the color blind either. besides maybe the tool that states what color an item is.

@The Worse : Yes that so much! Glasses aren't magical!


For anyone reading this article and viewing glasses as magical fix-all tools, allow me to explain how glasses work.

Owing to natural variance in body shapes, sometimes eyeballs are either too long, or too short. This results in the lens at the front of the eyelid not curving to the right focus, and as a result, at different distances things seem blurry. Glasses use concave or convex 'additional' lenses to accomodate for this problem, therefore you can focus through them.

The problem is, this only works if the problem is with the lens, and is something even and regular. And there are a huge number of problems which can occur outside of this.

For example, I can cite myself. I have something called a macular odema (I think I spelled that correctly) which is when fluid gets behind the retina and squashes the eye out of shape. Because of course this isn't a consistent shape, the resulting blurriness of vision cannot be fixed by a regular shaped lens. To take another example, which I have only very minorly, I also have a small cataract in one of my eyes. A cataract is basically a small cloudy spot in the lens - the lens itself can be working perfectly, but if there's a murky patch on it, you ain't seeing through it any more than you'd be able to see through a dirty pair of glasses. And if I am one person and I can support two examples of non-prescription sight problems, I am very sure that there are a million more besides.

Glasses are not magic fix-alls, and believe you and me - people actually don't like not being able to see. If they're having problems with their vision, enough for people to be laughing at them, you can bet that it's not just because they don't feel like doing anything about it. And yes - they will have been prescription tested. Trust me on that one.

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