Saint Lucians warned not to take eyesight for granted

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.



  1. Anonymous
    August 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Interesting tidbit. Someone asked if they needed to get eye protection for their pets. The answer ‘No. pets and other animals know better than to look directly at the sun’

  2. Anonymous
    August 21, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Kudos to the Blind Welfare Association for warning the public.
    Will the Ministry of Health alert the public to the risk posed by looking at the solar eclipse with the naked eye after retinas are burnt? smh.
    I say cut the Ministry of Health’s budget to fund the Blind Welfare Association.

  3. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    August 21, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    The media or government didn’t say anything until today, my parents didn’t even know til I told them. I guess it wasn’t political news, so it wasn’t important.