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HHS HealthBeat (June 26, 2014)

Seeing vision solutions

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

About 20 million people have vision problems, but about 80 percent of them can have their problems fixed with glasses. However, a lot of people don’t get their eyes checked so they don’t get started on seeing better. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researcher John Crews says 40 percent of people with severe vision problems have not gotten exams.

Crews says vision problems become more likely as people get older, and he notes that uncorrected vision problems can lead to other problems in taking care of a person’s health:

“They may be unable to read the label on a medicine bottle so they don’t know what medicine they’re taking or what the appropriate dosage is.”

Crews also says people with vision problems are more likely to have other chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure and stroke.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: June 26, 2014