Do not take your eyes for granted because if you lose your ability to see, it  will dramatically change the way you live the rest of your life. With the gift of vision,  we are able to accomplish anything that we want to do in our daily lives, through communication and interaction with our community, which we are able to do because of our sight.  In other words, our vision is like the foundation of life, since our success in life relies on our vision. I’m not trying to say that if you are blind, then you can’t be successful, but those who can see will have a significantly higher success rate because the ability to see is a huge advantage, since it will make communication and learning easier, resulting in a better life socially and academically. Those who are blind are still about to accomplish the same goals and even more than those who are not, but they have to face the fact that they have may be limited in what they can do.

Relating to the story of Oedipus, he blinded himself as a result of being blinded from the truth.  As a result, he is limited to his abilities, so his daughter has to always be right by his side to guide him from place to place. He doesn’t have the privileges that he once had. Since he is traveling into a strange territory, he has to rely on his daughter because he has no clue where to go and where danger lies. This shows the disadvantages of the blind, because he is limited to what he can do. However, to show that blindness will not guarantee failure, an example from the story of Oedipus or mythology in general would be Tiresias, the blind prophet. This is a perfect example because although he is blind, he still sees farther that others. His knowledge his unmatched compared to a mortal.

All in all, blindess with affect someone’s life no matter what, since vision is such a key part in life. However, this doesn’t mean that their life is hopeless. They may be limited but that shouldn’t stop them from doing anything. If they are persistent  and if they have the will and  determination , then they can pursue their dreams.

Now that we have talked about the impacts and effects blindness can cause, let’s talk about what is blindness? Blindness can be defined as the state of being unable to see, or being sightless. There is a type of blindness where the cells in your eyes, called cones, which are the cells responsible for perceiving color, don’t work, causing color blindness. But we are on the subject of complete and utter darkness. Blindness may be caused by the optic nerve not functioning, or actual structure of the eye not working properly. It could also be caused from factors such as; ocular complications of diabetes, macular degeneration, and traumatic injuries. Although this is all very unfortunate, there is almost no treatment for complete blindness. So the next time someone says, “I am ‘blind as a bat’ without my glasses.” That may not be entirely true because bats do have excellent vision, and they may not be as blind as they seem.

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