How can I help a visually-impaired person walk around?

If a visually-impaired individual has a guide dog, don't touch it when the harness is on, because that dog has been trained to work when the harness is on. The dog is not a pet. Do not feed the dog.

Encourage visually-impaired individuals using a cane to extend it and use it in most (if not all) outdoor settings. Individuals who are visually-impaired and not totally blind (high partials) many times fold up and hide their canes in public settings. This can be dangerous in traffic areas because others will not be able to identify them as being visually-impaired and may assume they see more than they do. This could lead to a sighted individual to proceed without regard to the visually-impaired individual’s disability. 

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Visual Impairments

Optical issues with the eye are quite common, possibly because we started as cavemen who did not have to read tiny letters on a computer screen as you may be doing right now. Conditions that may be corrected with optics include as...

tigmatism, near and far sightedness and some forms of visual field distortion. Some eyes have trouble seeing color the way other's do. This is called color blindness, and is more common in men. As we age there are common diseases and concerns including cataracts and glaucoma. Having diabetes can make you more likely to develop retinopathy, when blood vessels in the retina break and leak into the eye. Some conditions may lead to partial or total blindness. Legal blindness is a legal term more than a medical one, but meeting the standard for legal blindness can qualify you for special help.

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