A Nation On The Verge Of Becoming Blind

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is just my attempt at satire by poking fun at the large amount of people who wear glasses. It's just for fun so please don't take anything in this seriously :):)

Submitted: July 30, 2013

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Human beings rely on vision as it is one of our most significant senses. Our vision is used routinely for almost all of our daily tasks and without vision, individuals find difficulty in performing tasks that could take only a few  minutes.

As vision is relied on constantly, you would think that people would take extensive measures to protect their eyesight, however, a majority of people take their vision for granted. Although the following actions, such as performing tasks in the dark, staring into the sun for several hours, wearing other’s people’s prescription glasses for hours, watching videos on you tube that have bad quality, and sitting extremely close to television or computer screens for several days straight are commonly associated with actions that can damage one’s vision, these tasks are often performed by people on a daily basis.  

Ophthalmologists, commonly referred to as an eye doctor, are reporting an increasing number in people who wear glasses. Reports from 1980 show that 1 out of 500 people wore glasses, indicating that only 20% of the population needed them for vision. Today, that static has risen to 1 out of 5, over nearly 80% of the population, thus including people who wear contacts which serve as a substitute for glasses, require prescription eyewear for a clear form of vision.

Jenny McGrady, a respected Ophthalmologist in Los Angeles, California, states, “We are seeing a rise in number for the need for glasses. The best number for vision is 20/20, but most people have less than half of that. Half of our population is on the verge of becoming blind as their vision decreases.” 

Eye doctors blame the technology we use daily for causing a deficiency in our vision. Phones, computers, televisions, game consoles, and the other countless items we use to occupy our time daily are actually damaging our eye sight. 

The situation has become so brutal that doctors predict by the year 2050, almost every single human being in America will have to wear either glasses or contacts for a clear form of vision. The problem we are addressing isn’t just that people need to wear glasses, but it is their inability to survive without them, since the range in their sight is extremely low.

We spoke to military sergeant, David Baker, and informed him of the increase in the need for the eye wear. When we pointed out to the military sergeant how America is one of the nations with the highest requirement of glasses, which caused Baker to make this comment:

“We need to take better care of our vision. I mean, if we were to get into a war with another country and all our soldiers were wearing glasses, then all the enemy would have to do was knock off their glasses and then they could just take over our country,” he said while snapping his finger, “like that.” 

As I attempted to explain to the military sergeant how technology was causing our decayed eye sight, he contained a great deal of hostility and began to rant on and on about how there was a possible conspiracy theory behind the vision situation. 

“In a decade or so,” said Baker. “Rival countries can just come in and take over the eye stores and we’ll all be visionless and powerless to stop them.” 

I brought the issue of humanity’s vision to a group of 11th graders who attend Henry Lau High school, a school known for its excessive use of technology, as an attempt to receive some feedback on the situation from a group of teens. 11th grader, Jane Westwood, who was wearing bi-focals commented on the issue. “I don’t really care about the decrease in our eye sight or whatever. That’s the future’s problem, I’m worried what’s going on right here and right now.”

Janey said this remark while texting on her cell phone at the same time. 

Since human beings rely on vision, why is that they are so permissive when it comes to protecting it? I spoke about the issue to Psychologist Kevin Nightgates, about human beings lack of empathy in the loss of their vision.

Nightgates responded by saying. “People in this age are stupid. You tell them what the problems are and they just go right ahead and ignore you. People know smoking can cause lung cancer and what do they do? They go right ahead and smoke. There’s really nothing you can do to change a person’s mind”. 

Despite most individuals lack of interest, it’s obvious that we must do something, anything, to work to improve our vision. McGrady commented. “The average person is suppose to see twenty to thirty feet away, but if we don’t work to fix the  problem, then before we know it people won’t be able to see pass the tip of their nose”. 

Whether we take this issue to heart or not, we must address the fact that the in the future we will begin to seeing a decrease in our vision. What will our future consist of? In war, will there have to be special rules for when people lose their glasses in battle? Will eye wear become a mandatory requirement for careers? We must act now and do something about the epidemic spreading across America.


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