As per the global data on visual impairment released by WHO, 285 million people are visually impaired globally and out of them, around 39 million people are blind. Uncorrected refractive errors, cataracts, and other degenerated diseases are responsible for complete or partial blindness. It is unfortunate that some myths and misconceptions about blind people have surrounded many regions of the world and contribute to making their lives more miserable.
In this post, we will try to smash some of the most prevalent myths about blindness. Busting of these misconceptions is necessary to annihilate the social stigma for blind people while enabling them to lead a comfortable, independent life.
Common Myths about Blindness and Facts
1. Myth- Blind people cannot see anything at all.
Fact- Many blind people have some vision left. Different causes of blindness have different impacts on vision. For example, some eye diseases impact central vision whereas others have an impact on peripheral vision.
2. Myth- When people lose their sight, their other senses get sharper.
Fact- Blindness has no impact on other senses like hearing, taste, or touch. But then, blind people gradually learn to use their other senses differently to interpret the surroundings like reading braille language using their fingertips. It may be possible that a few of them have more sensitive hearing or touch abilities, but this is not always the case.
3. Myth- Blind people can see only black color.
Fact- Again, blindness does not look the same for all. Some blind people can describe a gray or even brown haze. Some visually impaired people can perceive bright lights or changes in lighting as well.
4. Myth- Blind people have limited job options.
Fact- This is the most harmful misconception for blind people. With proper training, support, and their own confidence, blind people can get success in almost any career including professional ones like CA and legal services.
5. Myth- Blind people cannot use most technology.
Fact- Technology can make blind people’s lives more comfortable and independent. They can use PCs, apps, and smartphones to get more access to information and surroundings. Assistive technology can make them independent in facing navigational and other challenges.
6. Myth- Blind people usually depend on a white cane or guide dog.
Fact- Thanks to evolving technology, it is possible for blind people to get an advanced eyewear app that can enhance the quality of their lives by addressing social and navigational challenges effectively. It is fair to mention that technological advancements will come to replace a white cane or a guide dog.
7. Myth- Blind or visually impaired people have no sense of style
Fact- Though make-ups and styling need vision, sense of style is a completely different thing. Both beauty and fashion need a few tweaks and adaptations like learning to apply by touch. Though it can take some time, but blind or visually impaired people can also learn to live meticulously.
8. Myth- Blind people cannot live independently.
Fact- Finally, we must smash this myth. Many non-profit organizations in India and abroad put all their effort consistently to make the lives of blind people independent. As a reputed NGO in India for blind people, we combine technological advancements and human effort to make it possible.
eNetra Foundation, a renowned NGO for visually impaired people, houses many volunteers who work tirelessly to give blind and visually impaired people a wholesome and independent lifestyle. We assist skilled artisans, visually impaired students, and patients who suffer from degenerative eye diseases to reduce the negative impact of blindness. We need your generous support to serve blind and visually impaired people more efficiently in India and abroad.
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