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A 47-year-old member asked:

Are blind people in perpetual darkness all the time or what do they see?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Not really: Most blind people have some vision but it is impaired. When vision is missing, it is absent, not dark. Try this. Close your eyes and point your finger at an object. Now try to see the object with your finger. You can't. There is no sensation of vision with a finger. Blindness is like this.
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