People Skip Eye Exams Despite Having Known Eye Diseases

Skipping Due to Cost of Care

Are you among the growing number of Americans who are skipping regular visits to the eye doctor due to the cost of care?

A survey by the Center for Disease Control of over 11,5000 adults over 40 shows that nearly 40% skipped opportunities for regular eye care due to lack of money or insurance coverage.  After age 65, only 23.3% blame lack of insurance for missing their annual eye exams.

Researchers were especially worried by seniors: nearly 44% said they didn’t need to visit an eye doctor – these people have  the highest indicence of vision problem.  The researchers noted that many seniors feel that poor vision is normal and there’s nothing to be done about it.   Previous studies have demonstrated that primary care providers don’t consider vision important enough to pay attention.

SOURCE: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 20, 2011 via http://www.medicinenet.com

Skipping Even With Known Problems

An article in the New York Times highlights how many Americans are not making it to their annual eye exams – even those who know they are at risk of developing or have already developed an eye disease.  A study by Lighthouse International shows that 86% of people with known eye conditions do not make it to the eye doctor each year.

An article in the New York Times highlights how many Americans are not making it to their annual eye exams – even those who know they are at risk of developing or have already developed an eye disease.  A study by Lighthouse International shows that 86% of people with known eye conditions do not make it to the eye doctor each year.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com

 

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Marc Grossman, Doctor of Optometry and New York State Licensed Acupuncturist, is a holistic eye doctor and co-author of a number of books on natural vision care. Since 1980 Dr. Grossman has been helped many people maintain healthy vision and even improve eyesight. He is dedicated to providing information to those with conditions ranging from myopia and dry eyes to potentially vision threatening diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. His combined multi-disciplinary approach using nutrition, eye exercises, lifestyle changes and Chinese Medicine provides him with a wide array of tools and approaches with which to tackle difficult eye problems.