How do visual impairments affect the body?


Visual impairments can cause you pain and discomfort. Blurred vision makes it difficult to see where you are going and can make you feel off-balance as well. With tunnel vision, you cannot see what is beside you, which can also impair your movements. Black spots, such as in diabetic retinopathy, cover and distort your vision, blocking out sections of what you are looking at. Nearsightedness prevents you from seeing far away objects. Presbyopia inhibits your ability to see close up and might require you to use glasses.

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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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