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Doctor insights on: People Born Blind

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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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Are people born blind? Or do they go blind when they are older?

Are people born blind? Or do they go blind when they are older?

All ages: Blindness can be present at birth, usually from errors of fetal development or genetics. Blindness can develop at any age from accidents, genetic disorders, a long list of gradual degenerative diseases of the eyes as well as infections and age related problems. ...Read more

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It has always been a mystery to me. Do people born as blind have any visual dreams?

It has always been a mystery to me. Do people born as blind have any visual dreams?

None: Those blind from birth have dreams based upon their sensory experience which does not include vision. If blindness was acquired after vision developed, then visual dreams are possible. ...Read more

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What do people who were born blind dream of?

Interesting: Their dreams are only limited by their imagination which I guess is unbound. ...Read more

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Why baby born blind? Why not marry to cousin?

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 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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Is there anything that would cause someone to be born totally blind without other disabilities?

Yes.: Yes. Many eye diseases can cause a patient to be completely blind with none or minimal other systemic abnormalities. I would recommend having the child examined by a pediatric ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Do you have to be born withcolor blindness?

Do you have to be born withcolor blindness?

Usually: Color deficiency is most commonly an inherited condition which is detected as soon as the child is old enough to be tested. You can also acquire color deficiencies with certain retinal disorders, advanced diabetes, and a rare central nervous system stroke which disturbs the ability to detect colors properly. ...Read more

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Can a person born blind still experience visual hallucinations?

Yes, sort of.: People born blind (or deaf) can experience hallucinations originating in the parts of the brain associated with visual (or auditory) hallucinations. However, because they have never had the experience of vision (or sound) they do not experience it as such. The description they give tends to vary, but it is not that of the sensory modality they have never had. ...Read more

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What happens if someone was born blind can they see in their dreams?

Great question!: There's studies showing that blind people can 'see color' in their inner vision that's pretty accurate to how those particular colors appear to us, who can see. How is that possible? So, that's a great question. If they had vision, and lost it later, it's probably true they can see in their dreams. For those who never saw, it's a different question, as those neurons were never developed that way. ...Read more

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Could I be born blind in one of my eyes?

Could I be born blind in one of my eyes?

It's possible: There are multiple diseases that can affect the baby's eyesight and how the eyes develop. Some of these are genetic, some happen by chance. A full examination by a pediatric ophthalmologist can help determine the cause. ...Read more

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What color would your eyes be if you were born blind?

What color would your eyes be if you were born blind?

The same color: Your eye color is determined by color of iris, and thus whether you are blind or not, iris color is determined by your genes you inherit. However, baby's pupil should look red if you shine bright light. This is called red reflex. If it is not, the eyes should be checked by an eye doctor. ...Read more

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What happens when a baby is born extremely near-sighted? Are they ever mistaken for being blind?

What happens when a baby is born extremely near-sighted? Are they ever mistaken for being blind?

Yes: Yes, a baby can be born extremely near sighted. I saw a girl myself who was thought to be blind and it turns out she was severely nearsighted. A proper eye exam with something called a "cycloplegic refraction" can detect it. But only once you give the glasses will you be able to tell if the child can see. Keep in mind that although possible, babies are almost exclusively far sighted at birth ...Read more

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Willcolor blindness develop or is one born with it?

Willcolor blindness develop or is one born with it?

Mostly inherited: Most color deficiency, usually in males, is due to an inherited genetic defect. Most who have it don't know about it until tested as they have no standard for comparison and their deficiency to them seems "normal". Color deficiency can be acquired in global retinal diseases like advanced diabetic retinopathy and a few rare CNS lesions can also do this. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be born blind in one eye?

Is it possible to be born blind in one eye?

Yes: Sometimes, through accidents of fetal development or damage, one eye will be irreparably damaged and lose most or all of the vision despite the other eye being normal. ...Read more

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Can a baby be born blind at birth if you have herpes?

Can a baby be born blind at birth if you have herpes?

Can be worse: An infant can acquire the herpes germ in the birth canal from a woman shedding the virus and look normal at birth. Within a week or two, it may have made its way into the brain to cause a tragic encephalitis.Even with aggressive treatment the kid may end up with a brain that resembles swiss cheese. Plan a scheduled c-section prior to labor if you have it. ...Read more

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How is it possible to live and learn normally as person born deaf and blind?

Not normal: The deaf and blind (remember helen keller) can learn to communicate by touch and braile. It is intensive training but can work. This allows for productive functioning although I would not exactly describe it as "normal". ...Read more

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What color are your eyes if you are born blind? Are they always that clear blue color?

What color are your eyes if you are born blind? Are they always that clear blue color?

Eye color: Eyes that are born blind can have any color.
There are conditions associated with blindness and "light" colored eyes as well ...Read more

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I hope I don't offend anyone with this questions but if a person was born blind what do they dream about?

I hope I don't offend anyone with this questions but if a person was born blind what do they dream about?

Only they can tell: I think it would be worthwhile to ask them, since none of us on this site is blind if we can read your question. ...Read more

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