The American Optometric Association (1997) reports the following statistics on persons who wear contact lenses:

  • Nearly 25 million Americans wear contact lenses
  • Two-thirds of all contact lens wearers are female
  • 10% are age 16 or younger
  • 30% are 17 to 24 years old
  • 50% are 25 to 44 years old
  • Most are nearsighted

Close to two-thirds of Americans (63.5%) wear prescription glasses (The Vision Council, 2010). This translates into:

  • 59.8% of men and 67.0% of women
  • 49.5% aged 18 to 34, 53.1% aged 35 to 44, 69.3% aged 45 to 54, and 79.8% aged 55 and older

In terms of reading glasses, 11.2% of Americans wear them (The Vision Council, 2010). This translates into:

  • 10.5% of men and 11.9% of women
  • 1.0% aged 18 to 34, 3.9% aged 35 to 44, 21.2% aged 45 to 54, and 19.5% aged 55 and older

For sunglasses, 85.0% of Americans wear them (The Vision Council, 2010). This represents the following:

  • 82.4% of men and 87.5% of women
  • 86.0% aged 18 to 34, 88.1% aged 35 to 44, 85.3% aged 45 to 54, and 82.0% aged 55 and older

In terms of contact lenses, 15.1% of Americans wear them (The Vision Council, 2010). This represents the following:

  • 10.9% of men and 19.1% of women
  • 22.9% aged 18 to 34, 19.4% aged 35 to 44, 12.5% aged 45 to 54, and 6.6% aged 55 and older According to the Vision Council (2010), only 43.4% of adults 18 and older reported having an annual eye exam within the past year.

 

 

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