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Last Updated: Aug 19th, 2006 - 22:18:38

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Ignorance can leave two million in Britain blind: study
Jan 25, 2006, 14:14, Reviewed by: Dr. Priya Saxena

This is on top of the two million people in Britain who already have sight problems.

More than two million people in Britain may become blind because of their ignorance even though they are having treatable conditions, according to a study.

The study by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) said over half of all sight loss is avoidable, with 1.9 million diabetic and 250,000 people with early-stage glaucoma at risk that in later stage leads to blindness, the Daily Mail reported.

This is on top of the two million people in Britain who already have sight problems, said Steve Winyard of RNIB.

The study found a further 500,000 people are needlessly living with sight loss by not seeking treatment for cataract or by simply wearing the wrong prescription glasses.

- Indo-Asian News Service

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