Social aspects of visual handicap

  • Pamela C. Williams


This chapter focuses on the social implications of eye disease, particularly where the latter results in impaired vision or loss of vision. The first part describes, in general terms, the role of the social worker in a medical setting and then more specifically in an ophthalmic unit. The infinite range of patients’ social problems and the nurse’s role in the early identification and referral of these problems is discussed. The remaining parts provide a summary of information relating to visually handicapped patients. In the procedure for registration as ‘blind’ or ‘partially-sighted’, the resulting benefits and services are outlined and evaluated. The final section considers the role of the visually handicapped person in society and identifies both positive achievements and negative aspects of disability. For ease of reference throughout this chapter the nurse or the social worker is referred to as ‘she’ and the patient or client as ‘he’.


Handicapped People Blind People Visual Handicap Blind Person Technical Officer 
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