Was Ray Charles born blind?

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Ray Charles was not born blind, but his vision gradually worsened from 5 years old until he became blind at the age of 7. Although no diagnosis was made, it is generally believed that untreated glaucoma caused his blindness.

The tragedy of blindness enabled Charles, who came from a very poor family, to attend a state-sponsored deaf-and-blind school on a charitable basis. He had demonstrated an interest in music since he was 3 years old, and the school presented him with an opportunity to receive a formal music education. He learned to read and write music in Braille and to play several instruments, including the piano and trumpet.

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