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What Is Legal Blindness
Depends: Legal blindness has several definitions with some variation depending upon the state and the agency in question. Generally a corrected vision of 20/200 or less is legal blindness such as for income tax purposes. Generally a field of vision of less than 10 degrees is legal blindness. All these definitions are bilateral - a blind eye next to a normal eye is not legal blindness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Legal blindness (20/200 in the us, 6/60 per the who) is defined as a) 20/200 or less visual acuity in the better-seeing eye with best correction, b) a visual field of 10 degrees diameter or less in its greatest meridian, or c) a combination of visual acuity and visual field loss equivalent to a or b. Anyone who says "you are legally blind without your glasses" is coercing you ...Read more
Even with glasses: Legal blindness (20/200 in the us, 6/60 per the who) is defined as a) 20/200 or less visual acuity in the better-seeing eye with best correction, b) a visual field of 10 degrees diameter or less in its greatest meridian, or c) a combination of visual acuity and visual field loss equivalent to a or b. Anyone who says "you are legally blind without your glasses" is coercing you to have lasik surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A few: If you are legally blind you will develop your other senses better. You will make different and sometimes interesting friends and most will appreciate your personality and wit. You will save money on eyeglasses and contact lenses. You will be eligible for tax discounts, public accomodations, and assistance for the handicapped. ...Read more
Color blindness: Color blindness is a congenital or acquired condition whereby a person cannot see certain colors well because the parts of the eye that receive those wavelengths of light do not function well. For example, some people are born with red=green color blindness. They cannot see the color red or green well. Those colors would look gray or "washed out". Special tests can determine color blindness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not uncommon: Most elderly folks gradually lose their retinal rods, and slowly and steadily have trouble seeing at night, but a disorder called retinitis pigments could also cause "nyctalopia" (night blindness). There really is minimal help that can enhance decreased nitetime vision, although some patients swear that dietary intake of dark green leafy vegetables helps. ...Read more
Lowered vision: Vision impairment is the condition in which the corrected vision does not equal normal. Blindness is a legal definition and may include 20/200 which is the limit for legal blindness in most States but there are various levels of blindness down to absolute blindness in which no light can be seen at all. ...Read more
None: Most color deficiency is inherited and suggested means such as a red contact lens over one eye merely shift the axis of color confusion to another pattern. Color blindness can be acquired in severe retinal disease like advanced diabetes and also optic nerve disease. Improvement is possible here if the underlying disease can be treated. ...Read more
Vision impairment: occurring in childhoodGet a more detailed answer ›
Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more
Loss of vision reflects the inability to perceive images. Such a phenotype can be due to occlusive or barriers to light (e.g. cataracts) through retinal alterations (e.g. wet macular degeneration) to optic nerve lesions (e.g. from a pituitary adenoma) to central nervous system ...Read more
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