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August 2006

How Much Influence Do Socioeconomic Factors Have on Glaucoma Prevalence and Therapeutic Outcomes?

Arch Ophthalmol. 2006;124(8):1185-1186. doi:10.1001/archopht.124.8.1185

The disaster that occurred in New Orleans unveiled a view of America that few wish to acknowledge. The War on Poverty that was launched during the Johnson administration has been lost.1 Overly represented among the stranded American citizens were the disabled, the disadvantaged poor, and the rainbow of hues represented as “people of color.” Those with the means, “the haves,” used the benefits of their resources to escape the Crescent City before the arrival of the soon-to-be-legendary hurricane. Those lacking even rudimentary skills and resources found themselves lost among thousands similarly condemned and struggling to simply stay alive. As Americans, we watched as the horrid dreams became a surreal reality before our eyes.

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