New York, NY (October 2010) -- The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary will mark World Sight Day 2010 with the release of a documentary recently termed “inspirational” by the Village Voice. Titled “Going Blind,” it is the result of a five-year project by Peabody award winning producer-director Joseph Lovett, chronicling his personal battle with glaucoma while using his experiences to connect with other people living with degrees of vision loss. The film was done with significant assistance by NYEE during the course of treatment by Robert Ritch, MD, chief of glaucoma services, and includes retinal specialist Ronald Gentile, MD, in a vignette about a septuagenarian architect whose advanced treatment allows him to keep working despite macular degeneration. Other moving episodes revolve around a 22-year-old Iraq War vet whose eyes were damaged in a roadside attack, and an art teacher who continues with her profession after losing her sight to diabetes.
“Going Blind” will run October 8-14 at the Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, timed to mark World Sight Day on October 14.
The film was featured at the World Ophthalmology Congress earlier this year in Berlin, where the response from the professional community was overwhelmingly positive. It will also be available for viewing by healthcare professionals who want to know more about the patients’ perspective of living with low vision and the resources they have found helpful. For more information go to www.goingblindmovie.com
If you are a reporter seeking an interview with a doctor at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, please contact Jean Thomas, at (212) 979-4274.
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