Navigation Links
Survey Finds Many Americans Clueless About Eye Disease
Date:3/13/2008

Findings point to need for education, outreach efforts, experts say

THURSDAY, March 13 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans are unaware of the warning signs of eye diseases that could blind them if not detected and treated soon enough, a new survey shows.

The telephone survey, released Thursday by the U.S. National Eye Institute and the Lions Clubs International Foundation, included interviews conducted with 3,000 adults between October 2005 and January 2006. The findings highlight the need to educate people about common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration.

"Good eyesight is important to our quality of life, and it is essential for adults to have accurate information to help them make informed decisions about their eye health needs," Dr. Paul A. Sieving, director of the eye institute, said in a prepared statement. "These survey results will help us identify specific ways in which we can close the gap in knowledge about eye diseases and address disparities that exist."

Among the findings:

  • While 71 percent of respondents said losing their eyesight would have a devastating impact on their daily life, only 8 percent knew there were no early warning signs of glaucoma, a disease that can damage the optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness.
  • Fifty-one percent said they'd heard that diabetes increases the risk of developing eye disease, but only 11 percent knew there are usually no warning signs.
  • Only 16 percent knew of the term "low vision," which affects millions of Americans and can't be corrected with standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery. Low vision makes it difficult to do simple everyday activities such as reading, cooking, writing, watching TV and shopping.
  • Among all racial/ethnic groups, Hispanic respondents reported the lowest access to eye health information, knew the least about eye health, and were least likely to have their eye examined. The survey found that 41 percent of Hispanics reported that they hadn't seen or heard anything about eye health or disease in the past year, compared with 28 percent of Asians, 26 percent of blacks, and 16 percent of whites.

The eye institute plans to use the survey findings to develop ways to increase public awareness of eye disease and the importance of early detection and treatment. The agency also plans to expand its educational outreach to Hispanics and boost its efforts to educate public health-care providers on how to inform patients about ways to protect and preserve their eyesight.

"The survey shows us that nearly one quarter of Americans have not seen or heard anything about eye health or disease, and yet more than 90 percent have seen a health-care provider," Sieving said. "We need to educate these doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals with the tools they need to educate their patients on how to better maintain their eye health."

More information

The U.S. National Eye Institute has more about eye disease risk.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: U.S. National Eye Institute, news release, March 13, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Survey reveals disparities in skin cancer knowledge, protection among high school students
2. New Survey Shows Americans are Still Concerned About Food Safety, Yet Still Not Smart About What They Like to Eat
3. One of the Largest Post-WHI Physician Surveys Shows More Education is Needed: Patient Misinformation About Hormone Therapy Remains High
4. Hospitals Could Improve Outcomes for Patients and Save Millions According to Hill-Rom 10th Annual Pressure Ulcer Survey
5. Youth Drug Use at a Five Year Low, New Survey Shows
6. Survey From The Partnership and MetLife Foundation Reveals Important Role Todays Grandparents Play in Teens Lives
7. Parental surveys boost diagnosis abilities of pediatricians
8. National Survey Shows Employee Fears About Consumer-Driven Health Plans on Decline
9. JHA Releases 2007 U.S. Group Disability Mid-Year Market Survey Results
10. PA Health Department Survey Shows Impact of Income, Gender, Other Factors on Health and Access to Health Care
11. Launch of second European Cancer Research Funding survey
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Survey Finds Many Americans Clueless About  Eye Disease
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... According to an ... are beginning to account for a significant portion of hernia repairs throughout the United ... the Beverly Hills Hernia Center notes that this trend has not only been expected, ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... ... Enforcement Trends: , Back to the Future , Feb. 25, 2016 — 11:00 a.m. – ... who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” , An analysis of CDRH’s ... But that takes time. , Take a close look at the warning letters the ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... announced that nominations have closed for the ISE Southeast Awards 2016. Finalists and ... announced at the ISE® Southeast Executive Forum and Awards Gala on March 15, ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... AssureVest Insurance Group, ... is initiating a charity drive that will raise funds earmarked to purchase computers and ... Tayloe Elementary School. , “My school is in a low-income area and has more ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Donor Network West, the organ procurement organization that heals lives ... San Ramon Regional Medical Center. Under the collaboration, the first of its kind, specific ... a more certain time frame for donor families for the recovery of organs. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... On Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, surgeons at ... North Austin Medical Center successfully completed the first robotic ... Surgical System with Trumpf Medical,s advanced operating table, ... , M.D., colorectal surgeon at the Texas Institute for ... Motion technology, which seamlessly combines the da Vinci Xi ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , 12 februari 2016 AAIPharma ... toonaangevende leverancier van productie en ontwikkeling op ... kondigt vandaag een uitbreiding aan van steriele ... locatie in Charleston, SC ... tot meerdere recente investeringen. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150806/256637LOGO ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016 The primary goal ... future adoption patterns on the usage of liquid biopsy. ... following: - Timeframe of liquid biopsy adoption ... cfDNA and Evs—by organization type - Sample inflow to ... blood, saliva, stool, serum, and so on. - Correlation ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: