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Vision Impairment: Science, art and lived experience

Crossland, Michael; (2024) Vision Impairment: Science, art and lived experience. [Book]. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

What is it like to go blind? 350 million people around the world live with severe vision impairment, ranging from those who can see a couple of letters on a sight chart to those who perceive no light at all. In this book we meet some of them, including artists, poets, scientists, architects, politicians, broadcasters and musicians. Together, we discuss every stage of life with vision impairment – from childhood and education to dating, employment and ageing – as well as the portrayal of blind people in literature and film, the use of technology by people with vision impairment, and the psychological effects of losing vision. Vision Impairment also reviews the major causes of sight loss today and shows the effect of these diseases on visual function. It surveys new and emerging treatments for serious eye diseases and explores what it is like to have vision restored after decades of being blind. Based on Michael Crossland’s extensive work in children’s and adults’ low vision clinics, and his 20 years of research into vision impairment, the book blends individual stories, key research findings and the most recent scientific discoveries to present an informative yet optimistic overview of living with sight loss.

Type: Book
Title: Vision Impairment: Science, art and lived experience
ISBN: 9781800086227
ISBN-13: 9781800086227
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781800086227
Publisher version: https://10.14324/111.9781800086227
Language: English
Additional information: This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC 4.0), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/. This licence allows you to share and adapt the work for non-commercial use providing attribution is made to the author and publisher (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work) and any changes are indicated. Attribution should include the following information: Crossland, M. 2024. Vision Impairment: Science, art and lived experience. London: UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800086227 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/
Keywords: blind, blindness, low vision, disability, accessibility, ophthalmology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Ophthalmology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10184705
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