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In January of this year, Harris Poll conducted an online survey among more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older.  86 percent incorrectly believe that men and women are at equal risk of permanent vision loss, and 5 percent believe that men are at greater risk.

Prevent Blindness, a national nonprofit organization, sponsored the survey to gain insight into the public’s perceptions about women’s eye and vision health.  The group is releasing the data as part of Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month in April. 

Vision Problems in the US (, a 2012 study, provides data that illustrates women’s prevalence of major vision disorders, including blindness, cataracts, and Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

To address these issues, Prevent Blindness created See Jane See: Women’s Healthy Eyes Now, to provide free education and resources on everything from eye disease to cosmetic safety to vision changes during pregnancy.

For more information about the survey, including facts sheets that address a wide range of eye health and safety topics, visit or call 1-800-331-2020.