Tuesday, January 18, 2022

What are the Differences Between Blindness and Low Vision?

At MaxiAids, we often get questions from customers who are purchasing a sight assistive product for a friend or loved one. One of the most popular questions we are asked is, "What is the difference between blindness and low vision?" The answer to that question is important to our customers who want to make sure they choose the right product.

So, let's delve into the difference between visual impairment and blindness.

What is the difference between visual impairment and blindness?

In the United States, there are four terms used to describe different levels of vision impairment and blindness:

  • Partially sighted
  • Low vision
  • Legally blind
  • Totally blind

Partially sighted means a person has partial vision, either in one or both eyes.

Low vision refers to a severe visual impairment in which visual acuity is 20/70 or poorer in the better-seeing eye and cannot improve with glasses or contacts.

Legally blind means a person has a corrected vision of 20/200 in their best-seeing eye. If visual aids such as glasses can correct a person’s vision to 20/20, they are not considered legally blind.

Totally blind refers to a complete loss of sight. Blindness is a condition in which a person can’t see anything because of permanent impairment to their eyesight, whether it be caused by disease, injury, or birth

Being blind or visually impaired isn’t about what people can or cannot do.
It’s about learning the best way to accomplish whatever goals they set out to achieve!

Being visually impaired or blind doesn’t mean one can’t live a normal life. On the contrary! Thanks to the very many amazing, handy tools and aids designed for independent everyday living, visually impaired and blind folks go to work, go to the movies, explore new parts of town, work out at gyms -- everything and anything a sighted person does!

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