India changes definition of blindness, opts for WHO criteria

India has changed its over four- decade-old definition of blindness, bringing it in line with the WHO criteria, a step that would drastically bring down the number of people considered “blind” in the country. According to the new definition, a person who is unable to count fingers from a distance of three metres would be considered “blind” as…

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Millions at risk of computer vision syndrome

Joanne Reitano is a professor of history at LaGuar dia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. She writes wonderful books about the history of the city and state, and has recently been spending many hours -sometimes all day -at her computer. But while sitting in front of the screen, she said, “I developed burning in my eyes…

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