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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

An Investigation of Vision Problems and the Vision Care System in Rural China

AUTHOR:

Yunli Bai, Hongmei Yi, Linxiu Zhang, Yaojiang Shi, Xiaochen Ma, Nathan Congdon, Zhongqiang Zhou, Matthew Boswell and Scott Rozelle

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2014

PUBLICATION:

The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine Public Health

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • This study examines the prevalence of vision problems and the accessibility to and quality of vision care in rural China.

  • Approximately 33% of the rural population surveyed self-reported vision problems. Among this group, 34% did not wear eyeglasses.

  • Nearly 54% of those with vision problems who had eyeglasses did not have a vision exam prior to receiving glasses. However, having a vision exam did not always guarantee access to quality vision care.