The brain does not need the eyes to "read" material, according to a breakthrough new study by French researchers.
In the report, carried out by researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and France, experts claim that brain imaging studies of blind people as they read words in Braille showed activity in exactly the same part of the brain that lights up when people with full vision read.
Dr Amir Amedi from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, head of the team of researchers, said that the study shows that the brain is not a sensory machine, even though it often seems like one.
"A particular area fulfils a unique function, in this case reading, regardless of sensory input modality," he explained.
Also recently, research carried out by the American Optometric Association found that 46 per cent of respondents indicated that eyesight is the sense they worry about losing the most.
by Alexa Kaczka