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The Eyes of the Beholder

Updated: Dec 31, 2023


Image: Several prosthetic eyes sit in a tray. Some look realistic, but others are novelty items: one has an Arkansas Razorback instead of a pupil, while another is painted to resemble the Eye of Sauron from the film Lord of the Rings.
A selection of prosthetic eyes (Itto's options)

While living with my mother’s family, I used to spend whatever free time I had between caring for my baby cousins and performing household chores watching telenovelas with my cousin. I was still sighted, then, and we used to marvel at the clothes the TV women wore, the dark makeup rimming their eyes, and the way they wore their hair cropped short like men.

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