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Abby’s Reflections #14 | Sight Loss

Abby's Reflections #14 | Vision complete image description is in the body of the post.

Abigale’s Insights on Beauty & Sight Loss

“Since I lost my eyesight I now understand that vision is not always about seeing. Sight loss, while viewed by many as a detriment, is not the be-all and end-all of who we are.” 

Did you know Americans fear blindness more than heart disease? There’s been a number of surveys over the years on the general public’s view on sight loss. Here are a few snippets:

  • “We fear blindness as much as cancer”
  • “Having good vision is key to one’s overall sense of well-being,”
  • “A majority of Americans (47.4 percent) said loss of sight was the “worst possible” health problem someone could go through.”
  • “Americans fear blindness as much as they fear Alzheimer’s, cancer, and HIV/AIDS”

I don’t want to get into an in-depth discussion on the reasons why people fear blindness. However, as someone who’s lost the majority of my eyesight blindness is not how we envision it as sighted people.

  • First It is not black and white, seeing or not seeing; for many, it is not total darkness.
  • The majority of blind people have some functional vision i.e. light perception, shapes/shadows, lack of peripheral or central vision, cloudy, obstructed vision, etc.
  • The loss of sight impacts our way of life, however, there is help in the form of adjustment to blindness, accessibility, orientation & mobility (O&M) training.

Description: A gray, teal, and white template utilizing the ‘Abby’s Corner’ image of Abby sitting cross-legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.



3 thoughts on “Abby’s Reflections #14 | Sight Loss

  1. It is interesting how much blindness is feared. I have thought to myself on occasion, “I’d make a terrible blind person” because I couldn’t do something well in the dark.

    1. Happy New Year Camie!

      We really don’t know what we don’t know. Even though I never had good eyesight at least it was correctable and I had the same fear. However being where I am today and having walked through the process of losing my sight, it’s not at all what I expected. Sure, I was frightened at first but with remarkable tools and training I adjusted and continue to evolve.

      1. Yes you have! You’re amazing!

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