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Uses prescription eyeglasses

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For sample adults age 55 and older who were not blind and did not say they did not use eyeglasses, GLASSESRX indicates if the respondent uses prescription eyeglasses. Interviewers were instructed to indicate "yes" even if the respondent states they only used the glasses occasionally.

Related Variables

Other variables related to vision problems are available in the 1984 survey.


These include:

  • CONTACTS Uses contact lenses, 1971, 1979-1981, 1984
  • GLASSES Uses eyeglasses (prescription or non-prescription), 1971, 1979-1981, 1984
  • LENSIMPLANT Has lens implant (intraocular lens), 1984 only
  • VDIF Now have trouble seeing even with glasses, 1984 only
  • VDIFPEPL2FT Sees enough to recognize people w/in 2 feet, 1984 only
  • VDIFSEEFREND Sees enough to recognize friend across street, 1984 only
  • VDIFSEETV Sees enough to watch TV, 1984 only
  • VDIFSTEPCURB Sees enough to step off curb or step, 1984 only


This variable is only available for 1984.


  • 1984: Sample persons age 55+ who are not blind in both eyes and who did not say that they did not use eyeglasses.


  • 1984