Being legally blind is not a handicap but a new way to look at life. Here are ways to overcome and live a full life.
Coping with being legally blind facing problems on a daily basis a topic I felt seldom addressed, as there are many topics that written which explain the causes of blindness. Diabetics is one of the most common causes of blindness but other illness as well as birth defects are a source of being blind. I use the term blind loosely because being blind not seeing any thing is completely different from being legally blind.
What is legal blindness?
The American Optometric Association states that “a person with 20/20 vision can clearly identify a row 9mm letters from 20 feet. A legally blind person with vision 20/200 has to be as close as 20 feet to identify objects that people with normal vision can spot from 200 feet. So a legally blind person needs a distance of two feet to spot the letters on a standard eye chart that is 20 feet away.”
Problems a legally blind person faces in everyday life
Legally blind people use a white cane or a guide dog to help them with life’s tasks especially traveling. Legally blind person faces harm even with a limited amount of vision. A person who has limited vision or distorted vision often makes errors that could cause a severe accident. Trying to cross a street can become hazardous at best or even fatal. Crossing a street without the ability to tell the distance of vehicle may cause you to step into traffic. Sometimes a legally blind person is unable to discern the way a curb is structured or a break in the sidewalk, which results in falling.
The problem of cooking, cleaning, doing laundry or even personal care becomes a problem for anyone with only partial vision. The government has set up schools that teach the legally blind as well as those who are completely blind how to function in everyday life. There are thirteen guide dog schools in the United States. Training for the legally blind with a guide dog helps secure a safer life style.
A legally blind person overcomes the problems encountered by being blind with hard work and faith.
Family, friends, and others play an important role in everyday life
One of the hardest parts of being legally blind is that of the family, friends, and others accepting your limitations and abilities. That is the main reason that I am writing this article is to address the situations that legally blind people encounter. The concept that someone has partial vision for some reason is misleading to others and brings doubt. The reason being when others who know you see you do certain functions well they begin to think that you do not have a vision problem. Most people seem to think that when you say you are legally blind immediately people begin to think that means completely and very blind.