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Tips for coping with sudden loss of sight

| Nov 16, 2017 | Catastrophic Injuries |

Injuries directly to the eyes and some head injuries may lead to a loss of vision. Those who find themselves suddenly without sight may be afraid and concerned about their future in California. It can be difficult to adjust to life without sight because it is such an important sense that is relied upon everyday. However, it is possible to live a full and happy life without being able to see. 

According to VisionAware, the loss of sight has been equated to the loss of a loved one because it often makes people go through the stages of grief. A person may be sad, angry, depressed and wondering why this happened. It can be an intense situation, but the initial step to healing and moving on is to accept the situation and understand how many other people are in the same situation. In fact, there are 6.5 million people who have some type of vision loss in the country. Understanding they are not alone can be comforting. 

It is also important that a person gets support and begins learning new skills to help them with daily tasks. Learning to be independent is essential to not only happiness but also safety. A newly blind person should also be encouraged to get back to normal life, which includes continuing work. Of course, there will be some professions that are not open to someone without sight, but there are still many more where accommodations can be made to allow a person to work. 

The American Council of the Blind adds that those around the newly blind person should do their part to help him or her. This does not mean doing everything for them, though. They should be encouraged to be independent. However, maintaining compassion is also important. The person has just gone through a major life change and needs some support.