• Question: How do people become blind?

    Asked by charlieroyle to Jemma, John, Katie, Lisa on 29 Jun 2012.
    • Photo: Lisa Fitzgerald

      Lisa Fitzgerald answered on 29 Jun 2012:

      Hi @charlieroyle,

      Blindness is a condition that can be caused by a number of things. You may be born blind because a genetic mutation or a substance you were exposed to in the womb may have prevented the proper development of you eyes. Alternatively, your sight may be loss due to a trauma to the eye or due to a disease which may cause a break down of some part of the eye structure or affect the area of the brain which interprets site.