Fewer than 1 in 10 U.S. Women Know That Women Are at Greater Risk of Permanent Vision Loss Than Men – According to New National Survey


ATLANTA (April 1, 2014) - A new national survey has revealed that only 9 percent of American women realize that women are at a greater risk of suffering permanent vision loss than men. 86 percent incorrectly believe that men and women are at equal risk and 5 percent believe that men are at greater risk.  This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Prevent Blindness from January 24-28, 2014 among 2,039 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

“These responses indicate an alarming lack of knowledge regarding women’s vision,” said Prevent Blindness volunteer adviser and spokesperson Dr. Mildred M.G. Olivier, a leading expert on women and minority eye health.  “It’s apparent that a vast majority of women are unaware of the gender specific symptoms, conditions and risks associated with vision health.”

Prevent Blindness Georgia and Prevent Blindness, a national non-profit organization, sponsored the survey to gain insight into the public’s perceptions about women's eye and vision health.   The groups are releasing the data as part of April’s Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month to promote the importance of educating women about the vision related symptoms, conditions and treatments unique to them. 

Data illustrating women’s prevalence of major vision disorders is available in the 2012 study entitled Vision Problems in the US, where it was revealed that 66 percent of those experiencing blindness are women, 61 percent of those suffering with cataracts are women and 65 percent of those with Age-Related Macular Degeneration are women, almost double that of their male counterparts.

To address these issues, Prevent Blindness has created a new program, See Jane See: Women’s Healthy Eyes Now, to provide free education and resources on everything from eye disease to cosmetic safety to vision changes during pregnancy.  Valuable information and new data on a range of topics related to women’s vision health at every stage of her life can be found at SeeJaneSee.org.

“It is imperative that we inform women about protecting their vision today in order to save sight for tomorrow,” said DeAndria Nichols, VP of Adult Vision Programs at Prevent Blindness Georgia.  “By creating the See Jane See program, we are able to provide a place where women can find current news and invaluable information that’s dedicated specifically to them and their needs.”

For more information about the survey, including informative reports and fact sheets that address a wide range of eye health and safety topics, please visit SeeJaneSee.org, or contact Prevent Blindness at 404-266-2020 or visit www.pbga.org.


Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Prevent Blindness from January 24-28, 2014 among 2,039 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.


About Prevent Blindness Georgia

Prevent Blindness Georgia was founded in 1965 as the state affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization since 1908. Its mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight for the residents of Georgia which is accomplished through vision screenings for children and adults, eye exams and glasses for indigent seniors and homeless and working poor adults, public education on eye health and safety to persons at risk for eye disease, and vision screening training. To donate to our good work, visit www.pbga.org.