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All Eyes on Haiti

Presidential hopeful Rand Paul went to Haiti this weekend to help restore the sight of some 200 blind Haitians. Paul, who studied medicine at Duke University and ran his own eye-care practice before joining the Senate, made a similar trip to Guatemala last summer with the Moran Eye Center of the University of Utah, which says that Haiti has a particularly high rate of blindness because of its poor health-care system and tropical exposure to the sun. “In our country, when you have cataracts, they’re relatively easy to fix,” Paul told the Washington Post before the trip. “The people we will treat in Haiti — many of them will be completely blind.”

Jared Wade

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