Americans Know Less About Eye Health Than They Assume They Do: A Survey Reveals

American Academy of Ophthalmology prompts individuals to get smart about eye health in 2020.


A study conducted has discovered crucial gaps in American’s knowledge of eye health, and what they don’t understand is putting them at risk of vision loss. With the number of people affected by possibly blinding eye conditions expected to double in the years ahead, it’s essential that people better understand eye health. As the new year has started and indicates by coincidence the 20/20 perfect vision number, and people rededicate themselves to their health and wellness (especially now with the new coronavirus pandemic), the primary ophthalmology association in America, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is urging Americans to get wise, smart and knowledgeable about eye health in 2020.

This survey was performed on-line, on behalf of the American Academy of Ophthalmology by a reputed primary research and consulting company in August 2019 among greater than 3,500 U.S. adults aged 18 and older, spread all across the US. Here are a few of the key findings of this survey which are astounding to say the least:

While more than 4/5th (81%) of adults in the U.S.A. state they are experienced and knowledgeable regarding eye/vision health, less than 1 in 5 (19%) were able to correctly identify the three primary sources of blindness in the US, which should be common knowledge and which are glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and also diabetic eye disease.
Less than half (47%) are aware that vision loss and blindness do not affect all individuals equally, that effects are coloured by profession and various other demographic and monetary factors and also how much your brain is able to compensate.
Only around one-third of grownups (37%) understand that you do not continuously experience symptoms prior to you losing vision to eye diseases.
Less than fifty percent (47%) are aware your brain can make it tough to know if you are losing your vision by adjusting for vision loss.
“Very frequently, we witness the consequences of patients entering the ophthalmologist’s clinic far too late to prevent extreme vision loss,” claimed an ophthalmologist at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “In 2020, we want all Americans to have clear vision when it pertains to eye health i.e. perfect 20/20 vision which is symbolic in this year, especially. That begins with educating ourselves about eye disease and also seeing an eye doctor.”

Ophthalmologists are medical and surgical professionals trained to recognise all the prospective risks to vision, which is why the Academy advises that healthy adults see an ophthalmologist for an extensive, standard eye exam by age 40 and have their eyes examined annually or in two years at age 65 or older.

The effects of vision loss are also underappreciated. An additional key finding revealed that people are not aware that vision loss can also enhance the unfavourable effects of various other chronic illnesses. Although the majority of adults (57%) are aware that vision loss in adults enhances the risk for injury or fatality, by falling or tripping or otherwise, just about 1 in 4 (24%) recognize that vision loss in adults is connected with emotional problems such as social isolation as well as clinical depression.

Study after study has actually revealed that people fear vision loss more than they fear cancer cells, stroke, cardiovascular disease and various other significant health problems. What this new research study reveals is that Americans are scared about an issue they know very little about. The year 2020, with all its meaning of perfect vision, is the year to change that.

For ophthalmologist-reviewed info regarding eye diseases as well as therapies, eye health news, and also devices to locate an eye doctor, visit AAO.org/ EyeSmart.
EyeCare America ® Can Help

If you are worried about the expense of the exam, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeCare America ® program may have the ability to help. This nationwide public service program provides eye treatment with volunteer eye doctors for eligible seniors 65 as well as older; as well as those at enhanced risk for eye disease. To see if you or your loved ones are eligible, check out www.aao.org/eyecareamerica.


About the Study
This survey was performed online within the US in support of the American Academy of Ophthalmology amongst 3,512 US adults ages 18 and over between August 8 and 27, 2019. Information by race/ethnicity were weighted where necessary by sex, age, area, revenue, education, family size, marriage status, work, and specific eye problems of interest to bring them right into line with their real percentages in the population. The information for each and every race or ethnicity group was then incorporated into a grand total number to show the proportions of each race or ethnicity within the U.S. adult populace and to adjust for any race or ethnicity or other factor-based deviations. Propensity score weighting was also made use of to accommodate for participants’ tendency to be on the internet.


About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest organization of eye doctors and surgeons. A global number of 32,000 medical physicians comprises the membership base, we secure vision and also empower lives by establishing the standards for ophthalmic education as well as advocating for our patients and also the general public. We innovate to advance our profession and ensure the delivery of the first-rate eye treatment. Our EyeSmart ® program provides the public with the most trusted info about eye health. For more information, visit aao.org.

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