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October 1990

Blindness and Visual Impairment in an American Urban Population

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Lake Forest, Ill

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(10):1377. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070120023006

To the Editor.  —I congratulate Dr Tielsch and coworkers in the Baltimore Eye Survey Research Group1 for their article in the February 1990 issue of the Archives I hope that in the tremendous amount of data that they accumulated about the population they investigated, they secured information on income. It would be unfortunate if they did not. As is well known, income is directly related to accessibility to medical care. In the people whose blindness is preventable, accessibility to medical care is a key factor. It would be most interesting and important to compare blindness rates in low-income black patients with those in low-income white patients and to compare both groups with middle- and high-income blacks and whites.I look forward to future publications by this group.

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