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

nificant barrier. Globally, only 10% of those who say they do not intend to have an eye exam in the next year cite not being able to afford an exam as a reason not to have one. In the United States, however, this number jumps to 27% -- nearly triple the global average.

Survey participants in Hong Kong (18%), China (17%) and the United States (13%) are more likely than other countries to cite lack of insurance or insufficient coverage for eye exams as a barrier to making an appointment.

Despite the impact of cost and insurance coverage as barriers to getting an eye exam, six-in-ten (62%) survey participants still say they are willing to pay more for a better eye exam.

Other findings from the survey, which evaluated a variety of vision care attitudes and practices, include the following:

  • Globally, 66% of adults use some form of vision correction aid, including prescription glasses, non-prescription glasses, contact lenses and surgery. About three-in-ten (28%) parents/caregivers say their children use some form of vision correction.
  • Parents/caregivers across countries acknowledge the importance of vision in child development. Eight-in-ten say they would be upset if they found out that their child's poor performance in school was related to undiagnosed vision problems and more than two-thirds (68%) say they would feel guilty for not taking their child for an eye exam earlier if they found out that their child needed vision correction.
  • Nearly 70% of participants believe that wearing contact lenses would impact their enjoyment of life; respondents also show strong beliefs that contact lenses would impact their performance in hobbies (65%), school/career (60%), sports (66%) and self-image and confidence (67%).
  • Nearly nine-in-ten (88%) respondents agree that UV rays can damage their eyes, but only 57% wear sunglasses as protection and even fe
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