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Needed eyeglasses but did not get them, past 12 months

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NOTGLASS indicates whether, at any time during the past 12 months, the person needed eyeglasses but did not get them.

According to the Field Representative's Manual, "eyeglasses" was not intended to include contact lenses or non-prescription glasses such as sunglasses or safety glasses. However, the term "does include glasses for special conditions, such as cataracts." These qualifications were not routinely shared with respondents.

The Manual also instructed interviewers to accept any reason respondents gave (e.g., "missed bus" or "too busy") as a valid response for being unable to get device.

NOTCARE indicates whether the person needed medical care or surgery but did not get it during the past 12 months. Other variables indicating specific types of medical care that the person needed but did not receive during the past 12 months include: NOTADULTDAY (for adult day care); NOTASSTLIVE (for assisted living); NOTDENTAL (for dental services); NOTHOMCARE (for home health care); NOTHOSPICE (for hospice care); NOTMEDS (for prescription medications); NOTMENTAL (for mental health services); and NOTNURSHOME (for nursing home care).


Apart from the change in universe, this variable is completely comparable over time.


  • 1993: All persons in quarters 3 and 4.
  • 1994-1996: All persons.


  • 1993-1996