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Partially sighted or blind

The Netherlands has more than 320,000 people who are partially sighted or blind. When we talk about visual limitation, we refer to people who are partially sighted or blind. Visual disorders are usually caused by eye disorders or eye diseases, but they may also result from a disorder in the visual processing in the brain.

In recent years, there has been a rise in the number of people worldwide who suffer from visual limitations as a result of diabetes.

Partially sighted

Partially sighted means that your visual acuity is less than normal, your visual field is smaller or you are exceptionally sensitive to light for example.
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There are various causes for blindness. Some people are blind by birth while others lose their sight slowly over the years.
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Eye diseases

Glaucoma and macular degeneration are common eye diseases. More information about the various eye diseases.
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Macula degeneration

In macula degeneration there is damage to the yellow spots on the eyes.
more about Macula degeneration


A person who has cataract develops cloudiness on the eye lens.
more about Cataract

Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is an ophthalmic complication of diabetes that affects the blood vessels of the retina.
more about Diabetic retinopathy


Glaucoma is a disease that damaged nerve fibre and the optic nerve. These nerve fibres connect the retina with the brain. The loss of nerve fibre creates blind spots
more about Glaucoma


Deafblind is a combination of partial hearing or deafness and partial sight or blindness.
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Multiple disabilities

For Visio, multiple disabilities mean that a person has a physical or mental disability besides a visual one.
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