Surveillance of disparities in vision and eye health in the United States: An expert panel's opinions

Paul P. Lee, Sheila K. West, Sandra S. Block, Janine Clayton, Mary Frances Cotch, Colin Flynn, Linda S. Geiss, Ronald Klein, Timothy W. Olsen, Cynthia Owsley, Susan A. Primo, Gary S. Rubin, Asel Ryskulova, Sanjay Sharma, David S. Friedman, Xinzhi Zhang, John E. Crews, Jinan B. Saaddine

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Purpose: To define surveillance approaches and metrics to capture the burden of vision health disparities and to identify properties of a surveillance system to guide public health interventions. Design: Expert panel. Methods: Analysis of relevant literature and deliberations of expert panel. Results: The panel identified that the purpose of vision surveillance was to link data to public health interventions. Panel members noted the importance of assessing vision through self-reported and performance-based measures. Defined populations should be included in a surveillance system to assess disparities in utilization of eye care and vision loss. The panel suggested that ophthalmic/vision measures should be sustained in national surveys and suggested that a vision surveillance system should be forged among federal agencies. Conclusions: Employing the 6 outlined strategies would improve vision surveillance and help reach the vision-related objectives of Healthy People 2020.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S3-S7
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number6 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Dec 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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