Doctor insights on:
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
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
Can people be born without color blindness then get when they get older. I know that people with good vision can go bad, is it the same thing?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Eyes that are born blind can have any color.
There are conditions associated with blindness and "light" colored eyes as well ...Read more
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
If you're born blind can it be possible to gain eyesight from a person who has donated their eyes?
Unlikely: Most blindness at birth is from gross malformation of the eyes, serious defects in the nerve supply and major inherited issues. Eye donation is useful only to corrected corneal opacities and a few infants are born with only this problem but the others problems are much more common. Check with your pediatric ophthalmologist for the best forward pathway. ...Read more
Both: Most people with colorblindness are born with it but there are eye diseases which can cause it also. ...Read more
Other diseases: While the typical types of color deficiency are due to an inheritance through the genes, color deficiency can occur from inherited retinal diseases like retinitis pigmentosa, diffuse retinal damage such as advanced diabetic retinopathy and a few rare individuals with a stroke in the color perceptive part of the brain which can eliminate color recognition. ...Read more
Grandmother was born with brown eyes but when she went blind she ended up with a blue eyes. Could the same be happening to me?
History: You need to find out the cause of your grandmothers blindness and if there is a familial history. There are several reasons the color of the eyes change, some are more serious than others. ...Read more
Degree: Colorblindness is not necessarily all or nothing. There are varying degrees- that's all. ...Read more