Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Institute for the Blind

This picture was taken in 1918 and shows soldiers who were blinded in World War I. The picture was taken at the Institute for the Blind, where the soldiers are being taught how to function with their loss of sight.


  1. I have always thought the greatest
    gift we have is sight. It is, among
    other things, a joy.
    The world might not always be the
    prettiest place, but thats the way
    it is.

    Deep down I fear blindness.

  2. Ray Uk, I know what you mean. My father got glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. On top of that, he also suffered a type of hearing loss which was very difficult to correct. So a man who loved to read, could no longer read and had difficulty listening to audio tapes. He also loved classical music and opera - his hearing loss also affected how he heard music. Sopranos no longer sounded good to him. He could only hear baritones clearly. Because he did not always hear the punchline clearly, he missed a lot of jokes - and he had a very good sense of humour.
    Because of his hearing loss, he could not hear sibilant sounds so I adjusted my vocabulary when I talked or read to him. (For example, rotten instead of spoiled, couch instead of sofa.)

  3. Anon;
    You just wrote the story of my life.
    My glaucoma is under control.
    My hearing is very bad. I read closed caption while watching t.v.
    I sure miss listening to old country-western music.

  4. When my sister was 29 years old (1983)she had a car accident that left her blind and with amnesia. The blindness was caused by the brain swelling and destroyed the optic nerves. She could remember when we were children and teens, but could not remember being an adult, being married, or worst of all she couldn't remember her 3 month old or 3 year old girls. What was very odd, is that she didn't know she was blind! Her mind must have made pictures for her because she would ask for her car keys so she could drive her car. She didn't mind us leading her around by the arm, but she would insist she could see. She lived in that condition for ten years, then passed away. There are so many things they can do for blindness now.

  5. Heather:

    That's an awful story, your sister died so young.

    I, too, have always been afraid of being blind - I have limited vision in my left eye. When I close my right eye, I can't see too well.

    I think those of us who can see, are more afraid of being blind than those who have never been able to see. They don't know the difference.

    I think that's what makes today's photo so poignant - these soldiers could see, but lost their sight.

    They appear so calm in the photo, but I'd be banging my head against the wall (I think).

    Giving the injuries they survived, they were probably grateful just to be alive.

    To me, not being able to see is like being locked in a dark closet.

  6. Thank goodness they can fix eyes that have cataracts, now. I had my right eye taken care of last year. I had quit my job, as cashier, because I couldn't see the little UPC numbers, if the item didn't scan. Reading was not as enjoyable. I didn't realize I was almost blind in that eye until I went for my yearly eye exam. I can see better now, just waiting for the other eye to get ripe so I can have it fixed, too.

  7. nice oldest photos i like it so much
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    wael fahmey


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