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December 1980

Blind Persons' Feelings About Ophthalmologists

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Little Rock, Ark

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(12):2246. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020041098029

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To the Editor.  —We are conducting a series of interviews with blind persons while preparing a book concerning the feelings of the blind about themselves, their family, and friends. One of us is a counselor and the other an ophthalmologist. Many of those interviewed have related feelings of frustration in dealing with their ophthalmologist. This might have been unique to Arkansas, except our interviews have included people from Arizona and Texas. In addition, many interviews were with people at the Arkansas Enterprises for the Blind, Little Rock, which has a broad international representation.One of the most eloquent blind persons interviewed is 33-year-old Paul Graziani. Paul has been blind from diabetic retinopathy for ten years. He works for the Arkansas Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Little Rock, as a counselor for the blind. The following are his feelings about ophthalmologists:I think ophthalmologists view blindness—particularly blindness in younger

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