Effects of Loss of Sight

The ability to see is one of the most vital senses that humans use. Much of our society is built upon customs that assume the participant has the ability to visually interact, such as television, marketing and education.

This is not to imply that a person who has suffered sight loss cannot lead a full life, but it is sensible to recognise the difficulties that may be faced by a person who is forced to adapt after losing their sight.

The psychological effects of losing the ability to see can be debilitating, with many people suffering from depression due to a lack of confidence in their ability to complete tasks they previously considered simple.

The experience of loss of sight claims among our panel of expert solicitors ensures that they are the  ideal legal representation to pursue a claim for compensation on your behalf. The help they can provide through obtaining compensation for you will go some way to relieving the burden on your shoulders so you can plan ahead for the future while concentrating on your recovery. Without this vital help, sight loss injuries can have devastating effects on all aspects of a person’s life as well as the lives of those closest to them.

Physical Effects

Mobility

Perhaps the trickiest aspect of sight loss from a practical point of view surrounds the difficulty a person may have in completing tasks that they previously completed owing to their sight, such as climbing stairs, cooking or getting dressed.

The remaining senses often compensate for the lack of sight, but this can take some time to hone as most people are not used to depending on their hearing for the purposes of coordination and balance.

Personal Activity Restrictions

Likewise, an injured person with sight loss may have difficulty maintaining their independence as a person with serious sight loss cannot legally drive or get around as easily as a sighted person. Basic activities such as pouring a drink and reading a book become extremely difficult.

Social Activity Restrictions

The same activities that a person took pleasure from before they suffered sight loss may not be able to be participated in due to their new condition because of the nature of the activity in relation to the need for vision, such as many mainstream sports.

Psychological Effects

Isolation

Social activities participated in before a person lost their sight may not be possible to the same extent or at all due to the nature of the activity in question and the disabilities they suffer from, such as most sports.

A person unable to participate in the same activities as before their loss of sight may feel helpless and isolated, due to the lack of social interaction at the same level they previously had.

Self-Image

A person who has lost their ability to see may feel self-conscious about their disability due to their differences to the majority of people. They may begin to harbour a fear of how others will react to their lack of vision or aids, such as a white cane, and begin acting in an ashamed manner, thus restricting themselves socially, in employment and in education.