Blog Post #3 – Inquiry Research Round #1 – What are the impacts of being born blind compare to losing sight later on in life?


My Inquiry question:  What are the impacts of being born blind compared to losing sight later on in life?

In my first round of research, I will be looking into the physical and emotional impacts of being born blind.

About 80% of children who do not have visual impairments learn through visual cues because touching and listening can be ineffective for many individuals [1]. People born blind have to be taught compensatory skills and adaptive techniques as this will help them acquire knowledge other than sight [1]. When growing up, people who are born blind may have low motivation to explore the environment, to socialize with others, and to manipulate objects [1]. Socializing with others may be challenging at first as people will not be able to make eye contact and see someone waving or smiling at them [2]. Their limited ability to explore the environment may affect early motor development [1]. So it is important to make sure as the child is growing, to let them explore their environment with other senses other than vision [2]. This will help the child spark their curiosity in their world [2]. People also may have a hard time to share common visual experiences with their sighted peers which can impact their development of the appropriate social skills [1]. As children are growing up blind, they will have a hard time learning to read and write [2]. Children have the same development tasks as children who have sight, but the route to accomplish these tasks may be slower due to their absence of vision [3].

Next, to take care of children who are born with visual impairments may be very stressful for parents [3]. This can strain relationships as it will cause worry for time involvement and uncertainty about the future for their children [3]. Parents may worry about financial concerns and can feel stressed due to feeling inadequate to meeting their child’s needs [3]. 

Born blind will limit opportunities for them to explore their environments as many objects can be out of reach and may not produce any sound [3]. Being born blind means needing assistance when first learning to identify objects, both tactically and verbally [3]. They will need more assistance to understand how to handle an object, naming the object, as well as learning the functions and characteristics of the object to be able to recognize it in the future [3]. However, children who are sighted have a reduction in needing assistance as the child can learn to explore and to interact with the environment much more easily [3]. Children born blind will miss opportunities of nonverbal interaction as they will not learn the signs of recognition, discrimination, and evaluation which is usually interpreted through visual responses [3].

In my second round of research, I will look into the physical and emotional impacts of losing sight later on in life.





Thank you for reading!

Karina Kaisa

6 Replies to “Blog Post #3 – Inquiry Research Round #1 – What are the impacts of being born blind compare to losing sight later on in life?”

  1. Dear Karina,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your first round of research. I also like how you started it off with a thought-provoking figure to get readers hooked. The responsibilities, and even more specific difficulties are really well put! I think reading research papers (and possibly sharing an example of a person who was born/grew up blind) will further help you find an answer to your question, and be a very nice read. Great work and I look forward to reading more!

  2. Hi Katrina,
    I really enjoyed reading your post! I liked how you included a wide variety of emotional and physical factors of being born blind. Perhaps something you can explore in your next round of research is what’s being done to help blindness and how it would affect a blind person who has always been blind and just experienced sight or a person who had already experienced sight and is given it back. You could also look into the mental and emotional factors of those things.

    I also came across this TED talk that basically describes a blind man’s journey after losing his sight and things that helped him cope, Here’s the link:

    I look forward to reading your next post!

  3. Hi,
    Very interesting post! I definitely think that the physical impacts of being born blind would be quite high. Here are some sources for your second round of research:

    Personally, I think that losing your vision later in life would have a negative emotional impact. Good luck on your future posts! Looking forward to reading more.
    – Nikki

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