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Most Americans don’t know the risks or warning signs of eye diseases, say researchers from the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF). For example, 92 percent of 3,000 survey respondents didn’t know that glaucoma—an eye disease that causes blindness—has no early warning signs. Eighty-four percent of respondents had never heard of low vision. Yet nearly three quarters of those surveyed said that losing their eyesight would negatively impact their daily life. Some thought losing their eyesight would be worse than losing an arm, a leg, hearing or speech. The NEI and LCIF urge everyone to learn the facts about eye diseases and how to protect against them. To do that, visit www.nei.nih.gov.