What are visual impairments?

The visual spectrum ranges from partially visually-impaired to completely blind. Partially impaired encompasses the designation legally blind. Legally blind ranges from someone who removes his or her glasses and can make out shapes and facial features, to someone who is blind and has no light perception.

Visual impairments include any condition that causes alterations to your normal vision. A visual impairment can be as simple as nearsightedness or as serious as macular degeneration. Cataracts, myopia, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma are other forms of visual impairments.

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