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Many parents say their kids have never seen an eye care professional.

More than a third of parents recently surveyed on behalf of the Vision Care Institute said their child has never been to an eye care professional.

The survey of more than 3,700 adults of varying ethnic backgrounds found that 94 percent agreed that maintaining proper vision is an important priority to them, and 74 percent said taking care of their eyes is as important as other health issues. Yet 35 percent of parents surveyed said their child had not had a vision exam from an eye care professional, and one-fourth said they had not had an eye exam themselves in at least two years.

Regular eye exams are important not just for maintaining good vision, but also to detect other health concerns such as hypertension and diabetes. The survey found that black Americans were most likely to strongly agree that maintaining proper vision is a health priority, yet they were also most likely to report they lack a regular eye care professional.

The Vision Care Institute, an arm of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., released the survey results in September.
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Title Annotation:HEALTH FINDINGS: The latest public health studies and research
Author:Arias, Donya C.
Publication:The Nation's Health
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2006
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