The Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA) has warned Saint Lucians not to take their eyesight for granted by failing to heed safety warnings in connection with Monday’s solar eclipse.
“We want to encourage persons not to gaze at the sky without having adequate protection for their eyes,” SLBWA Executive Director, Anthony Avril told St Lucia Times.
Avril disclosed that Saint Lucia has a serious problem of blindness and visual impairment.
He said the last population census indicated that almost 2000 Saint Lucians are blind.
However the SLBWA official explained that according to international estimates, for every blind individual there are three persons with low vision.
“So that is serious, we can no longer take it for granted,” Avril declared.