Unlike a lot of impairments, being visually impaired is so hard to relate to, that a lot of people fail to truly understand the full extent of it.
But if we were able to put ourselves in the shoes, or more appropriately eyes of those suffering with visual impairments we would all be able to better understand what they are going through. Obviously this is impossible but thanks to the UK-based Clinic Compare we can get a glimpse into what it’s like to suffer with cataracts, glaucoma and other impairments.
They’ve created a series of incredible GIFs to show us what life is really like for someone who is visually impaired:
Over 33% of all global vision problems are cataract related. Basically A cataract is the clouding of the lens in the eye which usually affects the elderly.
Age-related macular degeneration
As you’d imagine from the name, AMD mostly affects older people. It involves losing your central vision, usually in both eyes, and it tends to happen gradually. As you can see, most of AMD sufferers have good peripheral vision but have a dark and blurry spot in the middle.
Glaucoma occurs when a watery substance called aqueous humour fails to drain from the eye. This then builds up pressure and damages the optic nerve which connects the retina to the brain.
Because diabetics have difficulty using and storing sugar, sometimes the excess can travel around the body and cause the blood vessels of the retina to bleed. The longer someone has diabetes, the more likely it is that they develop retinopathy. Left untreated, it can lead to total blindness.
H/T The Metro