‘Curing blindness’: why we need a new perspective on sight rehabilitation

Meike Scheller

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In a society focused on visual communication, being blind can have severe disadvantages. In fact, research shows blind people are at higher risk of unemployment, social isolation, and lower quality of life than sighted people. Given the huge impact blindness has on society and those without vision, the drive to find a “cure” for blindness has become a profitable market.

Many new, cutting-edge developments that “cure blindness” build on promises they often cannot keep, leaving many blind people and their families feeling disappointed and disillusioned. But what does “curing blindness” actually mean – and how can it be achieved in a way that it most benefits the blind person?
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2020

Bibliographical note

Meike Scheller's work has been carried out at the University of Bath with support from the University, the British Academy, and the NIHR.


  • Bionic Eye
  • Sight
  • Blindness
  • Perception
  • Blind
  • Sensory perception
  • Visual impairments


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