Eye Exams

Friday, September 16, 2011

Many Americans are skipping eye care because they cant afford it or because they dont have insurance to cover it. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the need for regular eye examinations in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Many who have problems with their eyesight dont visit eye doctors because of the cost or because they dont have health insurance that covers eye care.

Others dont get regular eye exams because they dont think they have eye problems, or for a variety of other reasons, such as having to travel too far to see doctors or specialists or having no transportation to get to their offices, according to a Centers for Disease Control survey.

In a study involving 11,500 adults aged 40 and over who were considered to have moderate-to-severe visual impairment, 40 percent said they had skipped seeking care in the past year because of costs or lack of insurance.

Survey participants were asked to state the last time they had their eyes examined. Those who said their last eye exam was over one year ago were asked about the main reason for not seeing an eye care professional.

Previous studies have indicated that many people often arent aware they have eye health needs.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.