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2006 BRFSS Survey Results: Eastern North Carolina**

Visual Impairment and Access to Eye Care*

How much difficulty, if any, do you have reading print in newspaper, magazine, recipe, menu, or numbers on the telephone?*
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  Total
Respond.^
No difficulty A little difficulty Moderate difficulty Extreme difficulty Unable to do b/c of eyesight
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
North Carolina 11,303 8,313 73.8 72.8-74.9 1,885 16.7 15.9-17.6 705 6.3 5.7- 6.9 302 2.4 2.1- 2.7 98 0.8 0.6- 1.0
-Eastern NC 3,732 2,753 72.2 70.3-73.9 600 17.3 15.8-18.9 233 6.8 5.8- 8.0 106 2.6 2.1- 3.2 40 1.1 0.8- 1.7
GENDER
Male 1,327 991 71.4 68.3-74.4 216 18.0 15.6-20.8 80 7.9 6.2-10.1 24 1.3 0.8- 2.1 16 1.3 0.6- 2.5
Female 2,405 1,762 72.7 70.5-74.9 384 16.7 14.9-18.6 153 5.9 4.9- 7.1 82 3.6 2.8- 4.6 24 1.1 0.7- 1.6
RACE
White 2,662 2,005 73.5 71.4-75.6 409 16.6 14.9-18.5 163 7.2 5.9- 8.6 54 1.6 1.2- 2.2 31 1.0 0.7- 1.6
African American 832 576 68.5 64.4-72.4 152 19.1 15.9-22.8 57 6.7 4.8- 9.2 40 4.6 3.2- 6.6 7 1.0 0.4- 2.5
Other Minorities 227 163 70.5 61.8-78.0 38 18.3 12.4-26.1 13 4.3 2.2- 8.2 11 4.3 2.1- 8.8 2 2.6 0.4-13.2
HISPANIC
Hispanic 82 57 70.0 56.4-80.8 15 17.2 9.6-28.9 5 3.8 1.3-10.9 4 4.8 1.6-13.4 1 4.2 0.6-23.9
Non-Hispanic 3,645 2,693 72.3 70.5-74.1 584 17.2 15.7-18.8 228 7.0 5.9- 8.2 101 2.5 2.0- 3.1 39 1.0 0.7- 1.5
AGE
40-44 405 309 75.9 70.5-80.6 63 16.9 12.9-21.9 24 5.2 3.2- 8.5 9 1.9 0.9- 4.1 0 0.0 . - .
45-54 996 674 66.3 62.5-70.0 195 20.3 17.4-23.7 74 8.4 6.3-11.1 45 3.8 2.7- 5.3 8 1.1 0.4- 3.0
55-64 1,015 762 73.4 70.0-76.6 152 15.9 13.3-18.8 64 7.5 5.7- 9.8 25 2.1 1.3- 3.2 12 1.2 0.6- 2.3
65-74 759 585 75.9 72.2-79.3 102 14.6 11.9-17.9 44 5.7 4.1- 8.0 17 2.1 1.2- 3.6 11 1.6 0.8- 3.0
75+ 557 423 74.9 70.2-79.1 88 16.3 12.8-20.5 27 5.1 3.3- 7.9 10 1.7 0.8- 3.5 9 2.0 0.9- 4.2
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 634 428 66.5 61.7-71.0 121 18.9 15.5-22.9 47 7.5 5.3-10.4 25 4.3 2.7- 6.8 13 2.8 1.3- 6.2
H.S. or G.E.D. 1,205 883 70.9 67.5-74.1 183 18.3 15.5-21.5 75 6.5 4.9- 8.5 50 3.4 2.4- 4.6 14 0.9 0.5- 1.7
Some Post-H.S. 928 689 72.3 68.4-75.9 148 16.5 13.7-19.7 61 8.3 6.1-11.4 19 1.8 1.1- 2.9 11 1.1 0.6- 2.1
College Graduate 961 751 77.4 73.9-80.5 146 15.7 13.0-18.7 50 5.4 3.8- 7.6 12 1.2 0.6- 2.4 2 0.3 0.1- 1.7
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 524 338 61.4 55.8-66.7 94 20.4 16.2-25.3 41 8.2 5.3-12.4 40 8.1 5.6-11.4 11 2.0 1.0- 3.8
$15,000- 24,999 634 430 63.6 58.6-68.3 116 20.7 16.9-25.2 55 10.0 7.3-13.7 21 3.5 2.2- 5.7 12 2.1 1.1- 4.3
$25,000- 34,999 467 362 77.9 72.7-82.3 67 15.1 11.3-19.9 24 4.9 3.0- 7.8 12 1.7 0.8- 3.3 2 0.5 0.1- 2.0
$35,000- 49,999 505 385 75.2 70.0-79.7 77 15.7 11.9-20.4 36 7.9 5.4-11.4 5 1.0 0.4- 2.6 2 0.2 0.1- 0.9
$50,000-74,999 493 378 74.4 69.4-78.8 76 17.0 13.3-21.4 25 5.9 3.8- 9.0 11 2.0 1.0- 4.1 3 0.7 0.2- 2.9
$75,000+ 582 458 76.7 72.2-80.7 90 15.6 12.4-19.4 26 6.1 3.8- 9.6 5 0.9 0.3- 2.5 3 0.6 0.2- 2.0
DISABILITY STATUS
Yes 1,650 1,107 64.6 61.6-67.5 307 20.5 18.1-23.1 128 8.5 6.8-10.5 74 4.0 3.1- 5.2 34 2.4 1.5- 3.7
No 2,069 1,639 77.7 75.3-79.9 288 14.9 13.1-17.0 104 5.6 4.5- 7.0 32 1.5 1.0- 2.3 6 0.3 0.1- 0.6
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 684 521 72.7 68.3-76.7 111 19.0 15.6-23.1 30 5.7 3.8- 8.6 14 1.6 0.9- 2.9 8 0.9 0.4- 2.2
Non-Veteran 3,044 2,229 72.0 69.9-74.0 488 16.8 15.2-18.6 203 7.1 6.0- 8.5 92 2.8 2.2- 3.6 32 1.2 0.7- 1.9

Back to Visual Impairment and Access to Eye Care*.

Asked only of respondents age 40 and older. NOTE: These questions on visual impairment/eyecare have never been asked previously in the NC BRFSS Survey.

^Use caution in interpreting percentages with a numerator of less than 20. N = numerator, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

** Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.
Piedmont North Carolina: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Iredell, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Yadkin counties.
Western North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties.

***Northeast NC I: Bertie, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, and Warren counties.
Northeast NC II: Beaufort, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Hyde, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.
Northeastern Partnership: Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Warren, and Washington.
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC): Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey counties.

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