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Eye Health

13 October 2010

Miners: the first light of day

After more than 2 months underground, the rescued Chilean miners will greet the first light of day with protective sunglasses. How will the ordeal affect their eyesight?

After spending more than 2 months trapped underground, 33 Chilean miners are slowly being brought to the surface in a carefully orchestrated rescue mission - greeting the first light of day with protective sunglasses. How will the two- month ordeal affect their eyesight, and will there be any permanent damage?

“The 33 men have endured a unique situation, also from an eyecare perspective,” says Kesi Naidoo, optometrist and SA country manager of the International Centre for Eyecare Education. “It was a very unusual set of circumstances and I’m not aware of any first-hand studies of the potential effect of a sustained period of darkness on people’s eyesight.”

 (Birgit Ottermann, Health24, October 2010)

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