Athletes with a Visual Impairment

A visually-impaired athlete may have partial sight or may be completely blind. Some people with visual impairments can distinguish only the difference between light and dark. Others see a mist, as if a thick white curtain were always in front of their eyes. Some see the world around the edges of a dark area in the centre of their eyes, never seeing a whole shape, but only its top, bottom or sides. For others, everything is blocked off but a tiny speck of light. Some see nothing at all.