Attitudes Don’t Equal Actions About Eye Care

While people around the world recognize the importance of vision, they don’t always follow their own beliefs. Below is an exerpt of a report about this topic.

New Global Survey Reveals Gap between Vision Care Attitudes and Behavior
New research reveals that nearly half those surveyed (44%) share the misguided belief that seeing well translates to good eye health. Gaps in vision care attitudes and behavior are a recurrent theme throughout Global Attitudes and Perceptions About Vision Care, a new survey conducted on behalf of The Vision Care Institute, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson company. More than 6,500 adults from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States were surveyed to better understand the incidence, practice and perception of eye exams for adults and children around the world.
Eight-in-ten respondents (79%) believe that improving their vision will impact their enjoyment of life. More than seven-in-ten respondents (72%) say that improving their vision will also help them feel better about themselves and give them more confidence. Parents/caregivers around the world strongly believe that improving their children’s vision would have comparatively more of an impact on their children’s lives than their own.
Despite these reported beliefs, however, only half (54%) of survey participants have ever had a comprehensive eye exam. More than one-in-three parents/caregivers have never taken their child under 18 years of age for any type of vision assessment.
While the findings are in part driven by differences in health care systems, economic development and regulatory environments, these fluctuating rates are further magnified by a lack of knowledge about comprehensive eye exams and insufficient attention paid to eye health.
Among respondents who say they do not intend to have an eye exam in the next 12 months, the most common reasons cited were “haven’t really thought about it” (34%), “no perceived vision issues” (30%), and “vision isn’t bad enough to warrant going for an exam” (26%). Cost does not appear to be a significant barrier. Globally, only 10% of those who say they do not intend to have an eye exam in the next year cite not being able to afford an exam as a reason not to have one. In the United States, however, this number jumps to 27%.
To view the Executive Summary, including key findings by country, visit http://www.thevisioncareinstitute.com/globalsurvey.

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