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Losing eyesight potential for greatest impact on day-to-day life poll finds

Poll finds losing eyesight as potentially having greatest impact on day-to-day life–more than other conditions including loss of limb, memory, hearing, and speech (57% of African Americans polled, 49% of non-Hispanic whites, 43% of Asians, and 38% of Hispanics).  When asked what disease or ailment is the worst that could happen to them, blindness ranked first among African Americans, followed by AIDS/HIV.  Hispanics and Asians ranked cancer first and blindness second.  Alzheimer’s disease ranked first among non-Hispanic whites, followed by blindness.

Scott A, Bressler N, Ffolkes S, et al. Public Attitudes About Eye and Vision Health. JAMA Ophthal. 2016; doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.2627. http://archopht.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2540516

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Title
Public Attitudes About Eye and Vision Health
Publication
JAMA Ophthal
Publication Date
2016
Authors
Scott A, Bressler N, Ffolkes S, et al.
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