Codes and Frequencies
For sample persons age 55 and over in 1984, and persons age 18 and over who have trouble seeing in one or both eyes (even with glasses) in 1991, this variable indicates if the respondent was blind in one or both eyes, or did not have any blindness, at the time of the interview. In both years, respondents were first asked if they were blind in one or both eyes, and affirmative answers were then asked to report either "one" or "both." A definition of "blind" was not provided in the
Along with BLINDEYE, respondents were asked if they now had any 5 other eye conditions and could indicate as many as necessary. This variable was part of the 1984 Supplement on Aging, which also asked respondents if they had or ever had hearing, heart, and bone conditions and other impairments.
- CATARACTNOW now have cataracts
- GLAUCOMANOWnow have glaucoma
- COLRBLINDNOWnow have colorblindness
- RETINADETNOWnow have detached retina or other retina condition
- VDIF now have trouble seeing even with glasses
In 1991, BLINDEYE was part of a section on chronic and disabling conditions in the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Supplement. Respondents were asked 12 questions related to vision problems.
- CATARACTEVever told have cataracts
- GLAUCOMAEVever told had glaucoma
- VISIONPROBhas trouble seeing
and treatment of problems and eye exams, such as:
- GLAUCMEDNOWnow using medication for glaucoma
- EYEXAMD12MOhad eye exam by any doctor, past 12 month
- EYEXAMPHOREV ever had photographs taken of retina
- 1984: Sample persons age 55+.
- 1991: Sample persons age 18+ who have trouble seeing in one or both eyes (even with glasses).
- 1984, 1991
- 1984, 1991 : SAMPWEIGHT