Many lack knowledge of basic vision care, safety, survey finds
TUESDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Even though almost half of all American adults say eyesight is their most valued attribute, many have poor eye care/health habits, says an American Optometric Association (AOA) survey released Monday.
The American Eye-Q survey of 1,000 adults 18 years or older found that Americans lack awareness in two key areas: eye diseases and contact lens hygiene and compliance.
"Contact lenses are among the safest forms of vision correction when patients comply with the care and wearing instructions provided by their eye doctor," Dr. Hilary Hawthorne, AOA's vision and learning expert, said in a prepared statement. "Because lenses are so comfortable, it's easy for people to get careless. However, the consequences may be dangerous, and failure to follow proper contact lens hygiene could damage eyes."
Among the survey findings:
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SOURCE: American Optometric Association, news release, Oct. 30, 2007
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