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The Worst That Could Happen?

Feb 25, 2017

The Worst That Could Happen?

In The News…

The title of Jane Brody’s article “The Worst That Could Happen? Going Blind, People Say” (NY Times Feb20, 2017), is provocative. It refers to research finding Americans most feared ailment is loss of eyesight. 

In a recent study, 23.7 million American adults reported that they are unable to see at all or have trouble seeing even with corrective lenses.

It is important to note that over 90% of people living with vision loss today are not blind. The language associated with visual impairments can be misleading. Even the great majority of people who meet the designation for legal blindness are not totally blind.

We know people, can and do,  rise to the challenges of vision loss every day in quite remarkable ways. 

They can also actively take steps to slow or stop progression, and many causes of vision loss can be prevented entirely with early detection. So Jane Brody’s good advice should be heeded by all:

  • Get annual & comprehensive eye exam
  • Eat a diet rich in leafy green vegetables and colorful fruits
  • Protect your eyes from sun damage
  • Don’t Smoke

Click here to read the full article on nytimes.com

 

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About the Author: Dorrie Rush

Dorrie Rush is the Chief Content Officer and Visual Accessibility Expert at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss.

She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.

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