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BLINDNESS

It is estimated that about 750,000 people in the U.S. are blind.

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Every year 50,000 Americans become blind. Blindness occurs most often with advancing age, but a substantial portion of blindness results from injury. A significant number of blind people are children or young adults. However, blindness does not need to be the tragedy that it is generally thought to be. With proper training, knowledge and opportunities, blind people can be productive, first-class citizens.

What is the definition of blindness?

One is blind to the extent that he must devise alternative techniques to do efficiently those things which he would do with sight if he had normal vision.


Legally Blind = visual acuity of less than 20/200 with correction or a field of less than 20 degrees

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Often, the family and friends of a person who has lost his or her vision suddenly find themselves out of place and unsure of how to treat their loved one. Below is a helpful list that may help make this transition easier:

Tips for Dealing with A Loved One’s Blindness

  1. I'm an ordinary person, just blind. You don't need to raise your voice or address me as if I were a child. Don't ask my spouse what I want--"Cream in the coffee?"--ask me.
  2. I may use a long white cane or a guide dog to walk independently; or I may ask to take your arm. Let me decide, and please don't grab my arm; let me take yours. I'll keep a half-step behind to anticipate curbs and steps.
  3. I want to know who's in the room with me. Speak when you enter. Introduce me to the others including children, and tell me if there's a cat or dog.
  4. The door to a room or cabinet or to a car that is left partially open is a hazard to me.
  5. At dinner I will not have trouble with ordinary table skills.
  6. Don't avoid words like "see." I use them too. I'm always glad to see you.
  7. I don't want pity, but don't talk about the "wonderful compensations" of blindness. My sense of smell, taste, touch or hearing did not improve when I became blind, I rely on them more and, therefore, may get more information through those senses than you do--that's all.
  8. If I'm your houseguest, show me the bathroom, closet, dresser, window--the light switch too. I like to know whether the lights are on or off.
  9. I'll discuss blindness with you if you're curious, but it's an old story to me. I have as many other interests as you do.
  10. Don't think of me as just a blind person. I'm just a person who happens to be blind.
  11. You don't need to remember some "politically correct" term, "visually impaired", "sight challenged" etc. Keep it simple and honest, just say blind.
  12. In all 50 states the law requires drivers to yield the right of way when they see my extended white cane. Only the blind may carry white canes. You see more blind persons today walking alone, not because there are more of us, but because we have learned to make our own way.


Do you know a blind person who needs help or information? Perhaps he or she is newly blinded and having trouble adjusting to the loss of sight. Maybe he or she does not know about all the services that are available. Services such as Social Security benefits, rehabilitation, employment, scholarships, civil rights, products and aids, the free reading matter mail privilege, publications, education of blind children, and library services are readily available with a little community research.

Click Here for a list of online resources for blind people and their families

If you or a loved one has been injured, call Michael Padway & Associates at 415-777-1511, or fill out this online contact form. Meet with us and find out how we can help you start rebuilding your life and get you a fair settlement for your blindness caused by an injury.

Michael Padway & Associates
595 Market Street, Ste 2520
San Francisco, CA 94105

415-777-1511
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The information provided in this website for Michael Padway & Associates, San Francisco California Personal Injury Lawyers, including the references to blindness accident injuries should not be taken as formal legal advice. The results for your personal injury case will depend upon the facts of your case. To talk about your case with a personal injury attorney in the Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose, California area call 1-800-928-1511.