Going Blind Increases Awareness of Decreased Vision Disorders

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 31 August 2010

Going Blind is personal thing for director/journalist Joe Lovett. Afflicted by glaucoma (along with 4.5 million others worldwide), Joe decided to share his story, his mission, and the stories of others impacted by vision loss in a unique documentary simply titled Going Blind.

It’s not just a film about seniors either. Lovett documents the challenges faced by a 32-year old who lost her sight to diabetic retinopathy and an 11-year old who suffers from low vision caused by albinism. Also woven into the film are interviews with people he meets on the street, people who share their own battles with vision loss, or their fears about someday losing their sight.

According to Lighthouse International, 10 million Americans are legally blind (1.3 million) or visually impaired (8.7 million). On a global scale, 37 million live with decreased/lost vision.

Thanks to medical advances, some conditions may be corrected or at least delayed by surgeries or medications. A healthy diet/lifestyle can preserve and maintain good vision for many years; likewise, a poor diet/lifestyle may provoke certain vision disorders. If it’s a genetic thing, or a disease-related issue, there may be little to nothing you can do to stop/stave off the loss, but there are ways to cope (through the use of supportive services/devices, canine companions or other means) that Lovett shares in the film.

If you go to work/school, shop, use the subway, or drive, you are interacting with people of all ages that are affected – whether you know it or not. Not every vision-impaired person wears glasses or has a seeing-eye dog. You cannot always tell just by looking at a person if they can see you or not. You may not be impacted now – maybe you don’t even know someone who is – but with numbers like those mentioned above, the time will come.

Open your eyes to the world of vision loss – check out Going Blind.


-Michelle Seitzer


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