Vision & Sight Loss | Abby’s Reflections 14
“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.
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