Being able to see is something that we all take for granted. And it’s probably one of those things that you wouldn’t fully appreciate until you have to do without it. But with blindness there is a lot more to it than meets the eye (sorry, we had to). Some blind people, like Helen Keller have left an incredible mark on society, in large part because of the fact that they were blind. Other blind people don’t even want to be labeled as having a handicap. They see it as a gift! We know, that might be hard to imagine, but there is some scientific validity to that notion. If you lose one sense, your other senses strengthen slightly in order to compensate. This means that if someone cannot see, then their sense of hearing may be stronger than for a person with normal vision. In fact, there are some blind people that use echolocation to navigate. This means that they make noises with their mouths and listen for the echoes bouncing off of objects to tell them where they are. If you are thinking that this is how bats navigate, then you are absolutely correct! These are 25 things you didn’t know about blindness!
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Guide dogs (for blind or visually impaired people) learn to poop on command. This is so that the owner can clean it up
The US military once used colorblind people to identify camouflaged colors that would have been hard for people with regular vision to identify.
Some blind people have learned to navigate using echolocation by clicking their tongues.
The WHO estimates that that are about 280 million visually impaired people in the world. Roughly 40 million of them are blind.
President Theodore Roosevelt went blind in one eye from a boxing injury while he was still serving as president.
In the United Kingdom, blind people get a 50% discount on TV licenses (for non Europeans - in Europe you often have to pay an extra fee in order to own a television that funds public broadcasting).
Originally, braille was a technique used by Napoleon's spies so that they could read messages in the dark.
According to the WHO, 80% of visual impairment cases worldwide are treatable, but 90% of people with impaired vision live in low-income countries with limited medical care access.
The reason that the popular Redwall series of books for children is known for its descriptive imagery is that the author, Brian Jacques, originally wrote the books for blind children.
Monkeys have actually had their colorblindness cured when doctors injected cones into their eyes. One day, this could potentially be done in humans as well.
During one of the first nuclear weapon tests in New Mexico (trinity) a blind woman named Georgia Green saw a bright flash...from 50 miles away.
Those who are blind overcome difficult obstacles every single day. Check out who else have overcome incredible obstacles due to their handicap in these 25 Amazing Photographic Depictions Of The Human Spirit.