Can people who are born blind be cured with corrective surgery?

Yes, but the medical miracle of correcting blindness works better with those who’ve gone blind over the years, or those who were born almost blind—but not completely.

There does seem to be a problem with suddenly getting sight if you’ve never had it before. Normally, the brain learns how to process visual information from the time you’re born until about six or seven years of age.

Once you’re beyond these important years of brain development, it’s very difficult for the brain to learn how to see and interpret these visual sensations.

A person born blind will be able to understand some of what the eye can perceive, but their brain will never process the sights in the same way an always sighted person can.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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