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Fewer than 10% of those who are blind use Braille.
Most people who are blind use audio systems to access printed text.
They often listen to audiotapes or computer-based speech output systems.
Common reasons for a preference of audio
output and a reluctance to use Braille include
the bulkiness of documents when embossed
on Braille paper, the inability to easily browse
Braille documents in order to find desired
sections and the length of training required
to become an efficient Braille user.
SOURCE: University of Washington,
Faculty Room Project.
DID YOU KNOW? Retinal diseases are the main
causes of visual impairment in
upper-middle- and high-income
There is a need to target the
exposure to risk factors (smoke,
genetic pre-disposition, systemic
diseases) and perform regular
eye examinations to allow an
early diagnosis of the disease, and
early treatment to avoid or delay
the onset of diminished visual
SOURCE: World Health Organisation