L’impact de la perte de vision Copy

The impact of vision loss

Vision loss has a profound impact on those who experience it. Complete vision loss (blindness) is frightening and can be overwhelming. It can affect the person in three ways, physical, physiological, and psychological. Vision loss can affect one’s quality of life (QOL), independence, and mobility and has been linked to falls, injury, mental health, cognition, social function, employment, and education.

Physiological effects

Anything physiological has to do with the body and its systems. As an example, a physiological response to a scary movie may include the heart beating faster and hands getting sweaty. In vision physiological effects can include the following:

Increase in blood pressure
Changes in mood
Irritated, red, and painful eyes
Vision: apart from blindness, blurred and double vision, restricted visual fields, and depth perception can occur
Dizziness and balance problems

Psychological effects

The word psychological is used to describe effects that are primarily mental or emotional. Psychological effects can include

Increased dependency
Reduced independence.
Effects on self-esteem

Occupational effects:

The word occupational is used to describe effects that are caused by work or the work environment.

Increase in accidents – falls, trips.
Decreased productivity.
Increased costs due to accommodation
High cost to the company due to compensation claims²