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