Coping with the Dark Side: The Psychosocial Implications of Sudden Vision Loss Due to Trauma

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Abstract

From the moment we enter this world, our whole existence is based on our ability to see. Our ability to learn, work, and perform our activities of daily life are dependent upon our vision. Every year, thousands of patients suffer from accidental eye injuries with a permanent loss of vision. Unfortunately, many of these are preventable with the use of protective eyewear. This article focuses on the age-related issues with vision impairment, and the importance of follow-up care from a psychosocial perspective to inform the health care provider about the availability of vision rehabilitation services, therefore improving the quality of life to those with traumatic vision loss.

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