Jewish people and bad eyesight

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Offline Les the Scientist

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Jewish people and bad eyesight
« on: 10/04/2005 23:35:15 »
Something I noticed today struck me. I saw about half a dozen jews leaving a synagogue and every single one of them wore glasses.  I then wondered if there's any proven genetic link between being jewish and bad eyesight ?  Anyone ?
 

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Offline chimera

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Re: Jewish people and bad eyesight
« Reply #1 on: 11/04/2005 07:55:50 »
Go to Qum in Iran, and check the ayatollahs. Same there. I think it stems from a: reading a lot in dark places and b: the next guy also has one, so...

(they expect learned types to wear thick glasses and frown a lot in some cultures)
Errare humanum esd.-- Biggus D.

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Re: Jewish people and bad eyesight
« Reply #2 on: 11/04/2005 18:47:38 »
Living in Haifa in Israel, I can confirm that there is no such indication that the need for spectacles is prevelant amongst Jews.