blind persons: Musicians
|West Germany (1971) Sebastian Bach|
|Johann Sebastian Bach went blind
in a violent flash, probably from acute (closed-angle) glaucoma.
Bach thought he aggravated his weak vision by a lifetime of copying music in the dim light of church
organ lofts; his portrait shows a characteristic squint. He was unfortunately treated by the famous
charlatan John Taylor who operated on his eyes and claimed to make a big success. However, his
vision worsened and he died a few months later, after a futile--and possibly harmful--second operation.