Study: Seniors Worry About Vision, Aren’t Taking Preventative Steps

The National Eye Institute estimates that over the next 30 years, the number of Americans that experience eye health issues will double because of aging baby boomers. The Eye on the Boomer survey conducted by the Ocular Nutrition Society and sponsored by Bausch + Lomb, interviewed 1001 men and women, ages 45-65 (the baby boomer generation) to evaluate their eye care habits and gauge the level of understanding on the relationship between proactive eye care and eye health, including a focus on eye nutrition.

According to the survey, four in five baby boomers ranked vision as the most important of the five senses, and nearly as many baby boomers said they worry about vision loss as they do about contracting heart disease or cancer. Despite this worry, however, less than half of respondents said they visit the eye doctor once a year.

Eye on the Boomer survey was conducted by KRC Research though 15 minute, quantitative phone interviews. Respondents were recruited using a Random Digit Dial methodology, allowing each household within the U.S. to have the same equal chance of being called for the survey. One thousand and one interviews were conducted proportionately across the country among adults ages 45-65. The survey was supported by an educational grant provided by Bausch + Lomb.

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