In the process of writing a document relating to an accessibility product I mention people who are blind and people who are visually impaired.

However I cannot think of a good word with the average reader will immediately understand and does not sound too clinical for a person with an good level of sight (not necessarily perfect as 20/20 would suggest but just fine for everyday life).

For example the sentence: "The product has been trialled on a selection of blind, visually impaired and _____ persons."

I considered "sighted" or "fully sighted" or even "seeing" however I fear each of those words might have implications. All of these seem to be fine according various dictionaries but I fear an average reader would find them odd and I have never personally seem them used in a sentence save in phrases like "short sighted".

Are there any other words that would work for this? Or perhaps the ones I have already thought of sound less out of place than I suspect they do?

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    Variations of "sighted" (eg, normally sighted) are commonly used to describe someone without a severe vision difficulty.
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 3, 2016 at 1:24
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    Any term you pick will depend to a degree on the context for comprehension. Eg, popping the phrase "normally sighted" in the middle of a story on whale watching will cause confusion unless some consideration is given to the immediate context.
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 3, 2016 at 1:29
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    I concur with @HotLicks, but note that in one of our circles of friends, in which about half of the members are blind, the term "sighted" is preferred. In this particular group, at least, adding "normally" would be a gaffe. Members would think it rude to imply that people who cannot see are not otherwise "normal."
    – Rob_Ster
    Feb 3, 2016 at 2:56
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    If concerns such as Rob cites make you leery of "normally sighted", Ngram shows "fully sighted" to be about half as popular -- still reasonably well-known and understood.
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 3, 2016 at 3:03
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    You could just say "the blind, visually impaired and unimpaired."
    – stevesliva
    Feb 3, 2016 at 5:02

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From collinsdictionary.com:


adjective 1. seeing clearly


adjective 2. having clear vision

She had regained her composure and her straight, clear-sighted gaze.

From wiktionary:

Adjective clear-sighted ‎(comparative more clear-sighted, superlative most clear-sighted)

Having sharp vision.

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