June 2015
Volume 56, Issue 7
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ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   June 2015
Self-reported Use of Eye Care among Chinese Americans
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Xuejuan Jiang
    Ophthalmology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mina Torres
    Ophthalmology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Chunyi Hsu
    Ophthalmology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Stanley P Azen
    Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Rohit Varma
    Ophthalmology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships Xuejuan Jiang, None; Mina Torres, None; Chunyi Hsu, None; Stanley Azen, None; Rohit Varma, None
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science June 2015, Vol.56, 2114. doi:
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      Xuejuan Jiang, Mina Torres, Chunyi Hsu, Stanley P Azen, Rohit Varma, ; Self-reported Use of Eye Care among Chinese Americans. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2015;56(7 ):2114.

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Abstract

Purpose: To identify the prevalence and determinants of self-reported eye care use in Chinese Americans

Methods: Chinese Americans residing the City of Monterey Park, California were invited to participate in the Chinese American Eye Study.This population-based, cross-sectional study included 4570 Chinese participants aged 50 years and older. Each eligible participant completed a detailed interview and eye examination.Participants were asked about eye care visit, having had a dilated examination in the past 12 months, ever having had a dilated examination. Multivariable logistic regression analyses were conducted to identify predisposing, enabling and need variables associated with self-reported eye care utilization.

Results: Overall, 22% of participants reported an eye care visit and 21% reported having a dilated examination in the past year. Fourty-eight percent reported ever having had a dilated eye examination. Greater eye care utilization was associated with older age, having health insurance, lower vision-specific quality of life scores, female gender, greater number of co-morbidities, currently driving, having a usual place for care, bilingual language proficiency (English and Asian), and more education.

Conclusions: Overall eye care utilization rates among Chinese Americans were low. Increasing utilization and access to eye care for Chinese Americans should be a high priority because Chinese American is one of the fastest growing populations in the United States and vision impairment is a critical public health problem.

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