Description of Research Report: Promoting a Message on Vision Loss to Diverse Groups of Adults
This project was made possible by funding from the Andrus Foundation of the American Association of Retired Persons and the National Eye Institute. The authors would like to thank Tana D'Allura, Amy Horowitz, and Joann P. Reinhardt for their comments on earlier versions of this article.
Visual impairment is the second most prevalent disability among older adults (National Center for Health Statistics, 1993), affecting about 2.9 million Americans aged 65 and older (Eye Diseases Prevalence Research Group, 2004). As the population ages, the number of individuals who will experience age-related vision loss will also increase. Therefore, there will be a greater need for educational interventions that provide information about the typical changes in vision that people will experience as they age, changes in vision that are due to age-related eye diseases, and information on how and where to receive vision rehabilitation services.