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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

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Date last reviewed: 7/6/2005


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