Number of Eyeglass Wearers
Asked by: lizw-ga
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13 Jul 2002 11:19 PDT
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Question ID: 39279
How many people in the US wear: 1)prescription eyeglasses (for distance and/or astygmatism), 2)sunglasses? I am not interested in contact lens or reading glasses wearers. If this info is available broken down into age groups, that would be helpful
Re: Number of Eyeglass Wearers
Answered By: claudietta-ga on 23 Jul 2002 20:12 PDT
Dear LizW, I found the following information in industry reports. [indicates the source] How many people in the US wear: 1)prescription eyeglasses (for distance and/or astygmatism),  126 million Americans only wear eyeglasses 35 million Americans wear contact leses (and could also wear eye glasses) 2)sunglasses?  ~90 million Americans wear sunglasses If this info is available broken down into age groups, that would be helpful I could not find this information. Sources:  Eyeglass and Contact Lense Market in the USA, Euromonitor, 2002  Optical Retailing, Medical & Healthcare Marketplace Guide, 1998 Also, this is an associated website. http://www.sunglassassociation.com/ I hope this is what you were looking for, claudietta
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Re: Number of Eyeglass Wearers
From: davidsar-ga on 13 Jul 2002 16:52 PDT
I found a pretty old report from the Centers for Disease Control that has some, but not all of the detail you're after on glasses....good luck on the sunglasses data. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_145.pdf Use of eyeglasses and contact lenses "Household respondents during 1979 and 1980 were asked whether each person in the family, at the present time, wore eyeglasses or contact lenses. Hence, the statistics presented on the use of corrective lenses are average annual estimates for 1979-80 for the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population. . Of the 207.1 million persons ages 3 and over, a total of 107.1 million (51.7 percent) wore either eyeglasses or contact lenses (table 8). . The wearing of some type of corrective lenses was related to age, gender, race, Hispanic origin, education of head of family, education of individual, geographic region, family income, and occupational status. . A total of 9.3 million (4.5 percent) persons ages 3 and over wore contact lenses in 1979-80. . The wearing of contact lenses was also related to age, gender, race, Hispanic origin, education of head of family, education of individual, geographic region, family income, and occupational status. For your information, the title of Table 8 is Number of persons in population and percent of persons 3 years of age and over with corrective lenses, by type of lens, sex, and age. The table shows that 47.2% of Americans were wearing glasses at the time of the survey. Other tables provide breakdowns by race, education level, geography, age, and so on. Hope this helps.
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