Do legally blind people see black?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

Legally blind individuals, like myself, have varying degrees of visual impairment. For some, their vision may be so limited that they see only darkness or a blurry haze. However, it is important to note that not all legally blind people see the same way.

To answer the question directly, no, legally blind people do not necessarily see total blackness. The perception of darkness can vary depending on the individual’s specific eye condition. Some individuals may have residual vision, meaning they can perceive light and distinguish between light and dark, while others may have no light perception at all.

For those with residual vision, they may perceive light sources such as lamps, the sun, or other bright objects. However, the details and clarity of these light sources may be greatly diminished or distorted. It can be compared to looking through a foggy or hazy window, where the shapes and colors are difficult to discern.

On the other hand, individuals with no light perception experience a complete absence of light. Their visual field may be filled with darkness or a void, similar to closing your eyes in a pitch-black room. However, it is essential to understand that this experience of darkness may not be the same as what sighted individuals perceive when they close their eyes.

It is also worth mentioning that individuals who were born blind may have a different perception altogether. Since they have never experienced sight, they do not have a reference point to understand or describe what they see, or in this case, do not see. They may not have a concept of darkness or blackness as it relates to vision.

It is important to remember that visual impairment and blindness are complex and can vary greatly among individuals. Each person’s experience is unique, and it is crucial to approach the topic with sensitivity and respect.