Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to site content
CDC Home

QuickStats: Percentage* of Adults Who Reported Trouble Seeing, Even with Glasses or Contact Lenses, by Poverty Status and Race/Ethnicity --- United States, 2003

* Percentages are for the civilian, noninstitutionalized population and are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population by using five age groups: 18--44 years, 45--54 years, 55--64 years, 65--74 years, and >75 years.
Poor is defined as income <100% of the poverty threshold, near poor as 100%--199% of the poverty threshold, and nonpoor as >200% of the poverty threshold.
§ 95% confidence interval.

In 2003, poor adults aged >18 years were nearly twice as likely as nonpoor adults to report trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses. In addition, non-Hispanic black adults were more likely to report trouble seeing than non-Hispanic white adults.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2003. Available at

Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites. URL addresses listed in MMWR were current as of the date of publication.

All MMWR HTML versions of articles are electronic conversions from typeset documents. This conversion might result in character translation or format errors in the HTML version. Users are referred to the electronic PDF version ( and/or the original MMWR paper copy for printable versions of official text, figures, and tables. An original paper copy of this issue can be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402-9371; telephone: (202) 512-1800. Contact GPO for current prices.

**Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO
A-Z Index
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. #