National Geographic : 1937 Sep
]M OST blind persons say the world is 11 kind. Everyone with whom they come in contact wants to help, but only a few of the sightless men and women in this country are able to have Seeing Eye dogs. Too many people take their own "seeing eyes" for granted. They fail to realize that neglect may lead to blindness. It is esti mated that the eyesight of more than half of the 114,000 blind persons in the United States could have been saved by modern medical science had steps been taken in time. Much of the trouble is due to neglect of the eyes during infancy and early child hood. Surely this knowledge should prompt everyone-especially parents-to guard against the tragic waste of human sight. What are the causes and what are the symptoms of imperfect eyesight? Nearsightedness, farsightedness and astig matism are the most common causes of eye trouble, which usually can be corrected by glasses. Diseases of the eye, involving per manent impairment of vision, are extremely serious. Sometimes they are the result of unsuspected kidney disease, diabetes or syphilis, and if untreated may eventually lead to blindness. Expert medical care is essential. Common symptoms of eyestrain may be "diminishing vision," severe, recurring .. headache, insomnia or dizziness. People may fail to realize the damage done to the eyes by carelessly straining them in dim light. It is harmful to read in bed unless the head and shoulders are propped up, the page well lighted and held below the line of vision. Never use eyewashes, ointments, salves or other remedies unless advised by an eye specialist. As people grow older there is a gradual lessening of elasticity in the lens of the eye. The muscle does not work as freely as it did formerly. It becomes more and more diffi cult to read and see close work clearly with out corrective glasses. Testing the eyesight of school . children is required by law in most States, but no law compels adults to have their eyes examined regu larly. Every grown person should see an eyesight specialist at least once in two years, if he or she would continue to enjoy the blessing of good vision. "FREEDOM AND A FRIEND! D " We shall be glad to send you, free, Guided by the watchful eye and faithful care of dogs trained the Metropolitan booklet "Care of by The SPeeing Eye organizationin Mlorristown, N. .,many the Eyes. Simply address Booklet blind men and women are today going about freely and safely. Department 937-N . METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY FREDERICK H. ECKER, Chairman of the Board LEROY A. LINCOLN, President ONE MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK,N. Y. Copyright. 1937,by Metropolitan Life InsuranceCompany "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."