Trolls tell me to 'stay off the road' because of my 'lazy eye'
I’m bullied online over my ‘lazy eye’ – and cruel trolls tell me to ‘stay off the road’ after I passed my driving test
- Elley Davies, 19, from Pembrokeshire, is about 80 per cent blind in her left eye
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A woman who is bullied online because of her ‘lazy eye’ has revealed how cruel trolls told her to ‘stay off the road’ after she passed her driving test.
Elley Davies, 19, from Pembrokeshire, Wales, first developed strabismus at the age of four, but after she refused to wear glasses, her eye turn becoming more and more prominent over the years.
She now only has 20 per cent vision in her left eye while her right side is working in overdrive so she can see.
The model, who went viral on TikTok recently, has passed her driving test on her first try after ‘dreaming’ about being able to drive for ‘so long’, reported The Daily Star.
However, cruel trolls have commented about her driving after she shared the news that she had passed her test on social media.
Elley Davies, 19, from Pembrokeshire, Wales, first developed strabismus at the age of four, but after she refused to wear glasses, her eye turn becoming more and more prominent over the years
She said: ‘When I passed I did a before and after test video, counting down the hours until the test and then the last clip was me holding the certificate.
‘The video has over one million views, with people commenting “stay off the road” or the usual eye joke comments and people asking how I can drive, just stupid questions and comments.’
However, Elley added: ‘I’m okay with hate because there are people who just don’t understand what it’s like to have a visible insecurity, we all have them, mine just happens to be out on show, which makes them think they’ve got the advantage to judge.’
The beauty therapy student has over 221, 000 followers on her TikTok @mselleymay and her videos have gained over 4.9 million likes due to her glam makeup looks while she confidently showcases her condition.
Elley told The Daily Star: ‘I have people turn and look the way my eye is facing because they aren’t sure if I’m talking to them or the person next to them, it does get challenging. That’s my only reason for regretting not wearing glasses.’
The teenager explained how her squint began when she was just four-years-old.
She now only has 20 per cent vision in her left eye while her right side is working in overdrive so she can see
The model, who went viral on TikTok recently, has passed her driving test on her first try after ‘dreaming’ about being able to drive for ‘so long’
Her parents started noticing her eye ‘started to get lazy’ when she was tired, but it became more prominent with time.
WHAT IS A STRABISMUS?
If a person suffers with strabismus, one eye looks directly at the object they are viewing and the other eye is misaligned.
It can face inward (esotropia, ‘crossed eyes’ or ‘cross-eyed’), outward (exotropia or ‘wall-eyed’), upward (hypertropia) or downward (hypotropia).
Strabismus can be constant or intermittent.
About one in 20 children have a squint, or strabismus, but exotropia is far less common.
Squints usually develop during the first three years of life, but can appear later.
It is often spotted in early childhood, sometimes within weeks of a baby being born.
Many historical painters suffered with the condition, including: Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas and Rembrandt.
Lady Louise Windsor also is believed to have the condition.
Her older brother suffered the same condition, however decided to wear glasses – with Elley confessing his turn is now ‘pretty much straight.’
She began wearing glasses more during her primary school years, but received some harsh comments from her peers.
When she moved into secondary school, she began receiving ‘nasty’ comments from boys.
However Elley explained how she learned to deal with it, saying: ‘Comments still bothered me but I got better at hiding it by laughing with them and taking the joke on further, that way they could be straightforward to my face without hurting me, because I was laughing with them, and that continued through secondary school too.’
She began making TikTok videos for fun because she ‘liked dancing and lip syncing.’
She said she didn’t expect to have a big following until she posted a video of herself doing a makeup tutorial.
It quickly wracked up thousands of views, and Elley gained 470,000 followers on the platform.
She even attracted attention from well known influencers including Tana Mongeau and Georgia Louise Harrison.
However despite the positive feedback from some of her fans, Elley still has to deal with online abuse from others.
Luckily Elley has learnt to deal with the negative comments and even replies to some of the trolls in her popular TikTok videos.
The TikToker said she loves making content on the app and a few negative comments wont stop her enjoying it.
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