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April 21, 1962

PREVENTION OF BLINDNESS

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Boston, Mass.

JAMA. 1962;180(3):238-239. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050160054017

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Abstract

Prevention of blindness was the theme of this year's World Health Day, April 8, reminding us that blindness is still with us and that some forms of blindness are preventable. In 1960, some 356,000 persons in the United States and no less than 10,000,000 in the entire world were estimated to be blind. Perhaps one-half of these cases could have been prevented if simple precautions had been taken or standard therapy had been given at the right time.

Accidents account for approximately 5% of all blindness. Since many intraocular foreign bodies, lacerations of the globe, and chemical burns of the eye can be avoided by suitable goggles, the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness carries on a continual and vigorous campaign to promote the use of safety glasses in industry and in do-it-yourself projects at home.

Glaucoma accounts for approximately 12% of blindness. Primary glaucoma appears in 2 major

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