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Now use visual aids: telescopic lenses

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For persons in the National Health Interview Survey-Disability Survey (NHIS-D) Phase I sample who were legally blind, or who have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses or contact lenses and were expected to have serious difficulty for at least the next 12 months, DPEYEAID1 indicates if the person currently uses telescopic lenses.

For a complete list of aids for people with visual impairments included in 1994-1995, please see DPEYEAID7.


This variable is part of the Disability Supplement (NHIS-D) in 1994 and 1995 that collects information on disability. NHIS-D included two household interviews: in Phase I all members of sample families were screened for any indication of disability; in Phase II persons with any indication of disability were followed-up for additional information. Phase I includes sensory, communication, and mobility problems; health conditions; activities of daily living and independent activities of daily living; functional limitations; mental health; services and benefits; special health needs of children; early child development; education; relationship to respondent; and perceived disability. Phase II includes four Disability Followback Survey (DFS) questionnaires: one for children, one for adults, one for elderly persons (69 years of age and over) without any indication of disability (also called the Supplement on Aging or SOA; only in 1994), and one for persons with a history of polio.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1994-1995: Persons in the NHIS-D Phase I sample who were legally blind or have serious difficulty seeing and were expected to have serious difficulty for at least 12 more months.


  • 1994-1995