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    Germanwings pilot may have had vision problems

    Düsseldorf, Germany—Recent reports have revealed that 27-year-old Germanwings pilot, Andreas Lubitz, sought treatment for vision problems before he crashed a plane into the French Alps, killing himself and the 149 passengers and crewmembers.

    According to The New York Times, the pilot was being treated for psychological problems—including a history of depression. While the exact nature and cause of the vision problems remains unclear, the newspaper reports that authorities have not ruled out the possibility that the vision problems were psychosomatic.

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    Der Spiegal reports that Lubitz visited multiple healthcare professionals, including a neurologist and a psychiatrist. International Business Times reports that Lubtiz’s Internet searches revealed the pilot looked for information on impaired vision, bipolarity, manic depression, migraines, and acoustic trauma in the week before the crash.

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    Colleen E. McCarthy
    Colleen McCarthy is a freelance writer based in the Cleveland area and a former editor of Optometry Times. She is a 2010 graduate of the ...


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