Americans Delay Eye Exams Due to Time Constraints, Survey Determines

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ST. LOUIS—Although 85 percent of Americans recognize that managing their vision health right now means less worry about it in the future, one in five delayed their annual exam because they were too busy, according to a new Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield survey. The study found that even though 89 percent of Americans surveyed know eye exams can detect serious health conditions, they put off having an annual eye exam due to time constraints in their schedule. The online survey of 2,500 American adults aged 18 and older also determined that more than half of the participants (52 percent) wish it were easier to make vision care a priority in their lives.

“Americans live fast-paced lives with a never-ending to-do list,” said Steve Martenet, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri. “This mad-dash lifestyle can sometimes mean overlooking small but simple activities that contribute to health and well-being, such as getting regular vision checkups.”