Originally published in Calgary Herald, City & Region section, page B9, June 23, 2011.
Eyesight, for many, is something taken for granted until it is lost.
In North America, the majority of blindness is caused naturally by old age. However, the situation in Africa is quite a different story.
"In Africa, we have eight million people who are blind, and maybe three times that many who are severely visually impaired," said Dr. Daniel Etya'ale, executive director of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.