11 Million Americans Lack Needed Eyeglasses

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BETHESDA, Md., May 10 “” Americans by the millions don’t see as well as they should because they lack needed eyeglasses, according to an NIH study.

Specifically, some 13.9 million people older than age 12 in the U.S. have impaired vision because of uncorrected refractive error, and more than 80% (11.6 million) could benefit from corrective lenses.

These data were extrapolated from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) of 1,190 participants who visited a mobile eye-examination center between 1999 and 2002, Susan Vitale, Ph.D., of the National Eye Institute reported in the May 10 Journal of the American Medical Association.

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