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Mayo Clinic Guide to Better Vision, Third Edition

Preventing and treating diseases to save your eyesight

Sophie J. Bakri, M.D.

  • Vision disability is one of the top 10 disabilities among adults 18 years and older and is one of the most prevalent disabling conditions among children.
  • More than 170 million Americans wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct their vision, and they spend billions of dollars on eyewear annually.
  • An estimated 93 million adults in the United States are at high risk of serious vision loss.



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of blindness caused by diabetes is preventable.

As people age, they have a higher risk of developing serious vision problems and eye conditions; even younger adults can develop painful eye conditions such as dry eyes, pink eye and eyestrain. More than 170 million Americans wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct vision problems, and that number is likely to increase. Fortunately, many of these conditions are preventable, treatable and even reversible.

In Mayo Clinic Guide to Better Vision, Sophie J. Bakri, M.D., walks readers through the diagnoses and treatment of common eye issues, as well as preventive measures for protecting the eyes. She also shares the best techniques for correcting common vision problems and provides tools for those currently living with low vision.

Presented through clear, conversational explanations paired with detailed illustrations, this book is a practical resource for making the most of your vision.

2021 • 231 pages • Mayo Clinic Press

Sophie J. Bakri, M.D.Sophie J. Bakri, M.D.

Dr. Bakri is a consultant in the Department of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where she specializes in treating age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and complex retinal detachments. As a professor of ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Dr. Bakri leads students in both clinical and translational research aimed at understanding and mitigating drug side effects for people living with retinal disease.

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