Advanced Age Is Common Factor in Eye Diseases

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Byline: J. Hope Babowice

You wanted to know

Jimmy Marchese, 8, of Vernon Hills wanted to know:

How do you become blind?

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For more information

To learn more about eye health, the Vernon Area Library in Lincolnshire suggests the following.

- "Eyes: Injury, Illness and Health" by Carol Ballard

- "Can You See the Chalkboard?" by Alvin Silverstein

- "Do You Remember the Color Blue?" by Sally Hobart Alexander

- "It's Catching: Pinkeye" by Angela Royston

- "Everything You Need to Know About Vision Disorders" by Debbie Stanley

"How do you become blind?" asked Jimmy Marchese, 8, a third- grader at Diamond Lake School in Mundelein.

Perfect vision is called 20/20. That's when you can clearly see letters on a chart at a distance of 20 feet. So if your vision is 20/50, what you can see when you're 20 feet away, someone with perfect vision can see at a distance of 50 feet. Legally blind means your vision is 20/200. About 10 million people in the United States are blind or visually impaired. …