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I see why the need for guide dogs to assist the blind, but why do some people in scooters have them?

I see why the need for guide dogs to assist the blind, but why do some people in scooters have them?

Different handicap: People in scooters are handicapped with an inability to walk or move. Some are blind but most are not. Dogs can be used for orientation but also can be a warning, or a companion, and some are trained to retrieve objects for their owners. So they are multifunctional - isn't that terrific? ...Read more

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I understand the need for guide dogs to assist the blind, but why do some people without canes have them?

I understand the need for guide dogs to assist the blind, but why do some people without canes have them?

Either-Or, not both: Service dogs require the use of one hand, and the other hand is kept free to interact with environmental obstructions such as doors. Leader dogs are way more effective than canes in most cases, because they think! The dog will keep his or her companion out of harm's way. A cane can notify the user of obstructions and help in ambulation but can't stop someone from walking into traffic! ...Read more

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How can I assist people with aphasia, blindness, bilateral amputation and alcoholism?

How can I assist people with aphasia, blindness, bilateral amputation and alcoholism?

Complicated patient: With a patient like this, I would set them up for occupational/phycial therapy evaluation as well as with a psychologist for counseling. This many health issues can be difficult to deal with especially if all recent onset. He also needs a good internist to monitor these and other health issues. ...Read more

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Is 20\80 legaly blind?

Is 20\80 legaly blind?

20/200: 20/200 is the criteria for legal blindness ...Read more

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What do blind people see?

Depends: Blindness is a general term. Legal blindness is a snellen visual acuity of less than 20/200 best corrected or a very small visual field. This is the big letter "e" on most charts.

A person with absolute blindness can not see any light. ...Read more

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Why are some people born blind?

Why are some people born blind?

Blind at birth: While prematurity leading to hyperoxygen retinal degeneration can severely impair vision, there are some other rare conditions that may completely impair vision including hypodevelopment of the eyes, cortical blindness, and various internal eye maldevelopments. You pediatrician can help sort these out and find the proper specialist for help. ...Read more

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Could I be partly colour blind?

Could I be partly colour blind?

Yes: Color blindness (we call it deficiency) occurs in a variety of patterns with some having absolute inability to make some color discriminations and others having a moderate loss with poor ability to see the more subtle colors. ...Read more

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Will I go blind as I get older?

Will I go blind as I get older?

Vision loss: Unless you have a primary problem with vision there is no reason to have visual loss as you get older. ...Read more

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Could you go blind permanently?

Could you go blind permanently?

Yes: Many diseases can cause blindness. If you are concerned about this, visit an ophthalmologist on a regular basis. ...Read more

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What causes someone to go blind?

TMTC: The reasons are too many to count. The most common causes in the developed world are diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration and glaucoma. ...Read more

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Why do I go blind when I stretch?

Why do I go blind when I stretch?

Drop in blood pressu: Your blood pressure is dropping when you stretch, causing an alteration in vision. Either your blood pressure is low to begin with, or you may have a conditiion in which too much of your blood is going to your arms when you stretch, subclavian steel. I would talk to your primary doc about it. ...Read more

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Can a severe fall make you blind?

Can a severe fall make you blind?

Yes, but it's rare: Vision starts at the front of the eye and ends at the back of the brain. Trauma anywhere along the way can cause vision loss. Obviously if one lands on their face, eye damage can occur. But closed head trauma can damage the nerves and brain tissue that process vision. Temporary focusing problems are common with concussions but permanent brain damage to vision is possible if the trauma is severe. ...Read more

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Wha are symptoms of going. Blind?

Many: True blindness refers to the lights going out, with no light perception. Early loss of vision can just cause blurred vision, distortion, flashing lights, floaters. Total loss of vision can be slow or instantaneous. If you are having vision problems see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What disease can make you go blind?

Many: The most common causes of blindness around the world include cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Of those 3, cataracts are highly treatable. Improvements in vision with macular generation is largely limited to about 15% of cases which are the 'wet' form. Glaucoma damage is preventable but not restored with treatment. Parasitic eye disease (eg river blindness) occurs in the 3rd world. ...Read more

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How do blind people function so well?

Experience!: It takes time and practice. Blind people become expert at memorizing their surroundings so that they know, for instance, how many steps from the bed to the door. They listen carefully for echoes off of their footsteps. Many learn to use a cane to sense obstacles in their way. ...Read more

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What blind people can have a guide dog?

Proper match: Guide dogs are wonderful when there is a good rapport between the dog and the blind person. Obviously the blind person must be mobile, and have the ability to care for a dog. These carefully trained dogs are then matched at training centers with the potential next owner and all has to work well to allow the dog to leave with that person. ...Read more

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How could someone make themselves blind?

How could someone make themselves blind?

Blindness: Self induced blindness is very rare and may be associated with mental illness. Pressure on the eyes can result in central retinal artery occlusion. Not controlling blood sugars in diabetes and not controlling hypertension can result in self inflicted blindness. The real question is why would anyone make themselves blind? Psychiatric care should be considered. ...Read more

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In what way can I tell I'm colour blind?

In what way can I tell I'm colour blind?

Can't tell colors: Most people with color-blindness have little doubt about it. These men (color-blindness is rare in woman) cannot distinguish many colors that other people can. For example, the colors green and brown often look identical to a color-blind person. There are online tests you can do - just google "colorblind test". ...Read more

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Does being blind qualify you for disability?

Depends: Disability is defined by not having the physical and / or mental capacity to work. Vision is one component. It depends on your insurance policy, state and federal criteria and the potential demands on our job. They do have the right to see if you are trainable in another job. ...Read more

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How should you know if you are colour blind?

How should you know if you are colour blind?

Testing: The most common type of "color blindness" is red-green color deficiency. Blue-yellow deficiency or true color blindness (achromatopsia) are rare. Color testing can identify which. The problem is a lack of certain types of cones or their opsins (light-sensitive compounds). Red-green deficiency can be adapted to fairly easily and is not very limiting, but the others can significantly impact vision. ...Read more

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What would be the signs if I am going blind?

What would be the signs if I am going blind?

Get an eye exam: The term "blindness" can be interpreted in many different ways. Central vision can be impaired by a simple need for glasses, and the problem can be easily solved. Peripheral vision loss is more unusual, and typically does have an underlying cause of more significance. Only through an eye exam can a disease process by diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Are blind people able to conceptualize vision?

Depends: If they are blind from birth, then there is probably no conceptualization of vision possible. If they acquired blindness, after the development of vision, then they will have a strong appreciation of vision and visual space. ...Read more

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What causes someone to go blind later in life?

Many causes: Loss of vision can be associated with macular degeneration, ischemic optic neuropathy, cataracts, trauma, hereditary problems such as retinitis pigmentosa, and a host of inflammatory and infectious conditions. One of our ophthalmologists could certainly expand upon this answer, and referral will be made. ...Read more

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Could contacts cause you to become more blind?

No: You are asking if contact wear can increase the power needs of the eye. They do not have this effect. You can wear them without this concern. ...Read more

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How should I support someone who may go blind?

Support for blind: On a personal level, loss of vision is a grieving process, and any acts of friendship and support will help. Help with transportation, reading mail and paying bills, and shopping are common needs. There are social services available to help, as well as state and private organizations to help with needs of the visually handicapped. Social workers can help people get plugged into these services. ...Read more

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Why baby born blind? Why not marry to cousin?

Many causes: Blindness in newborns can be from a variety of fetal insults including infections of various sorts. There are also a number of genetic reasons for blindness. These can be increased with the marriage of first cousins which is why this is discouraged. ...Read more

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If I am blind, will my children be blind as well?

Depends on cause: If you are blind from an acquired problem - trauma, diseases of childhood, etc. Than these will not be passed on. If you are blind from an inherited defect, you could pass this onto your offspring. A genetic counselor can determine this for you and calculate your odds. ...Read more

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What to do if I am going blind, what should I do?

DO NOT DELAY: See an ophthalmologist ASAP, get examined and uncover cause. Many problems with loss of vision can be reversed such as premature cataracts and glaucoma. ...Read more

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What new discoveries help blind people see again?

What new discoveries help blind people see again?

Active research: Depends in part on the reason for the blindness. Electronic light detector arrays are in development for those with retinal light receptor degeneration such as retinitis pigmentosa. Stem cell work may be useful in time as ways to replace non-functional cells. Restoration of vision is an area of active research and new discoveries are widely publicized. ...Read more

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What causes wavy lines and blind spotsvin vision?

Depends: A common source of such phenomena is alterations in the health and architecture of the macula, the area of central sharp vision. This can last a long time. Temporary changes can occur due to migraines and vascular changes. There are many other causes so if this is occurring, see your ophthalmologist for diagnosis. ...Read more

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If you were born blind, what do you actually "see"?

Nothing if total: A completely blind person, unable to see any light at all, does not develop visual input or perception. All of the other sensory inputs work hopefully but a truly blind person sees nothing. ...Read more

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Need help when people turn blind, what do they see?

Need help when people turn blind, what do they see?

Blindness: Most people who are blind have some vision but their vision is poor. Those people can see things. When someone has complete blindness, they have no vision at all. ...Read more

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If a person is blind, what makes their irises dull?

Dull iris: Usually due to overlying corneal edema, casting a grayish haze over the eye color. ...Read more

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What is a good means of testing if I am going blind?

Annual eye exam: Yearly eye exams can help you maintain good vision, although it may be with glasses. Early detection of certain etiologies can help prevent blindness. ...Read more

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Can someone go completely blind? If so, what happens?

Of course: Sadly people go blind from injury, strokes, intrinsic eye disease, inherited eye disease and other factors. When this happens you need an answer as to why and whether it is reversible from your ophthalmologist. Otherwise, if permanent, then you will need assistance for the blind from the proper organizations. ...Read more

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I sometimes go blind when I move quickly. Why is this?

See your doctor: When you say that you "go blind", do you mean vision goes black, whites out, or becomes blurred? Each of these has a different origin. You should see either your general doctor or eye doctor to help figure out the cause of your symptoms. The sooner you are evaluated, the better. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and worried I might be going blind. What do I do?

Don't Ignore It!: Your question states you are 18, but also states '47 years'. At 47, it's very common to start having a lot of trouble focusing at near. Most serious conditions will affect both near and far vision. Without knowing more about your concern, it's difficult to know how worried you should be. But if you truly think you're going blind, you should see an eye doctor asap. ...Read more

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Who, besides blind people can have access to a guide dog?

Who, besides blind people can have access to a guide dog?

Guide dog or: Service dog? Service dogs are used for blindness, deafness, seizures, paralysis, mobility problems, balance problems, some neurological problems, physical weakness ; problems with breathing. Emotional support animals have much more varied roles. ...Read more

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