Louis Brailleʼs Gift to the Visually Impaired
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William James Maloney
Louis Braille was born in France in the early 1800ʼs. Braille suffered an
accident in his fatherʼs workshop which severely damaged one of his eyes. An infection
ensued and spread to the other eye causing the child to become completely blind by the
age of five. As a young man, Braille developed a system of reading and writing for the
blind and visually impaired. He based his system on a highly imperfect system of night
reading developed by the French military. Today Brailleʼs system is accepted and
Accidents, contracted braille, diabetes, diagnosis, French military,
glaucoma, intraocular pressure, macular degeneration, optic disc cupping,
systemic disease, uncontracted braille, vision.
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