Aging eyes deserve evidence-based reporting, research

May 6, 2013

"Look for evidence, and don't fall for iffy claims," says Liz Seegert in Associations of Health Care Journalists blog.

“Aging eyes deserve reporting based on science and best practices,” writes Liz Seegert, topic leader on aging for the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ).

Writing in a blog on the AHCJ Web site, Seegert urges journalists to “look for clinical evidence and not fall for unsupported or iffy claims.” Seegert directs her colleagues to a concise directive on what journalists need to know to evaluate research. [http://healthjournalism.org/core-topic.php?id=4]

Seegert’s blog sets a good example by including:

Special Report on Aging and Vision Loss, The American Foundation for the Blind

National Health Interview Survey on Disability, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Why does eyesight deteriorate with age? Scientific American

Aging and Your Eyes, Cleveland Clinic

Reality check on AMD supplements: Beware of promises that don’t require proof, The Globe and Mail newspaper