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Worldwide Gap Between Vision Care Attitudes & Behavior
Date:8/6/2009

vision correction needs, but also for overall eye health. More than one-in-three parents/caregivers have never taken their child under 18 years of age for any type of vision assessment.

"While the survey reveals a great deal of similarities and common beliefs about vision care around the world, it is also a cause for concern because many adults and children are not seeing an eye care professional for a comprehensive eye exam," explains Peg Achenbach, O.D., Sr. Dir. Professional & Medical Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

"A comprehensive eye exam conducted by an eye care professional will not only assess your vision and need for upgraded prescriptions, but it may also help identify and lead to a diagnosis of other health concerns such as hypertension and diabetes," she adds.

While respondents from Brazil (80%), the United Kingdom (77%), Italy (74%) and the United States (74%) report high rates of comprehensive eye exams, other countries stand in marked contrast. Adults in China (25%), Singapore (28%), Japan (28%) and Russia (36%) say they are much less likely to have ever had a comprehensive eye exam.

While the findings are in part driven by differences in health care systems, economic development and regulatory environments, these fluctuating rates are further magnified by a lack of knowledge about comprehensive eye exams and insufficient attention paid to eye health. Nearly half (46%) say they are not sure what such an exam involves, and more than one-third (39%) mistakenly believe that testing for vision correction is the same as testing for eye health. Among respondents who say they do not intend to have an eye exam in the next 12 months, the most common reasons cited were "haven't really thought about it" (34%), "no perceived vision issues" (30%), and "vision isn't bad enough to warrant going for an exam" (26%).

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