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2006 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina Counties and Regions

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
COUNTY/REGIONS
Alamance 293 216 76.2 70.5-81.0 48 14.7 10.9-19.5 21 6.7 4.1-10.6 7 2.3 1.1- 4.9 1 0.2 0.0- 1.3
Buncombe 277 202 74.9 69.0-80.0 46 16.4 12.1-21.7 20 6.3 3.9-10.0 9 2.4 1.2- 5.0 0 0.0 . - .
Cabarrus 295 201 69.7 63.5-75.2 58 18.9 14.4-24.4 25 7.3 4.8-10.9 9 3.4 1.6- 6.9 2 0.7 0.2- 3.4
Catawba 317 227 74.0 68.3-79.0 58 17.3 13.1-22.5 26 7.4 4.8-11.1 4 0.9 0.3- 2.6 2 0.5 0.1- 2.0
Cumberland 300 214 68.3 61.6-74.3 53 20.9 15.6-27.4 16 5.1 3.0- 8.7 13 4.1 2.3- 7.3 4 1.6 0.5- 4.9
Davidson 314 235 75.7 70.0-80.7 49 15.7 11.6-20.9 17 5.4 3.2- 8.9 11 3.0 1.6- 5.5 2 0.3 0.1- 1.1
Durham 258 185 75.3 69.1-80.7 49 16.4 12.1-21.8 17 5.3 3.1- 9.0 5 2.2 0.8- 5.8 2 0.7 0.2- 3.1
Forsyth 302 228 75.8 69.7-81.1 57 19.2 14.3-25.1 13 3.9 2.2- 7.0 3 0.9 0.2- 3.4 1 0.2 0.0- 1.4
Gaston 297 219 74.0 67.9-79.3 49 14.7 10.9-19.6 20 9.2 5.7-14.5 7 1.7 0.7- 3.9 2 0.4 0.1- 1.5
Guilford 328 245 75.2 68.3-81.1 58 15.7 11.8-20.7 18 7.6 3.5-15.4 2 0.4 0.1- 1.4 5 1.1 0.3- 3.8
Iredell 324 233 71.6 65.6-76.9 64 19.9 15.3-25.4 18 5.3 3.2- 8.7 8 3.1 1.5- 6.4 1 0.2 0.0- 1.5
Johnston 294 209 68.3 60.2-75.4 48 15.6 11.4-20.8 23 8.7 4.8-15.1 10 3.8 1.6- 8.7 4 3.7 0.8-15.5
Mecklenburg 556 418 74.5 70.2-78.5 93 16.6 13.4-20.4 30 5.8 3.9- 8.4 15 3.1 1.8- 5.4 0 0.0 . - .
New Hanover 309 235 76.3 70.5-81.3 51 17.7 13.2-23.3 16 4.2 2.4- 7.0 5 1.3 0.5- 3.4 2 0.6 0.1- 2.7
Onslow 259 199 75.1 68.2-80.9 42 18.7 13.5-25.2 11 3.9 2.0- 7.5 5 1.8 0.7- 4.6 2 0.5 0.1- 1.9
Orange 274 213 79.2 73.3-84.0 41 14.6 10.5-19.9 13 4.6 2.5- 8.1 6 1.5 0.6- 3.7 1 0.2 0.0- 1.3
Pitt 264 187 70.6 63.8-76.6 49 18.7 13.8-24.7 18 6.2 3.8-10.2 7 3.1 1.2- 8.1 3 1.4 0.4- 4.6
Randolph 283 214 78.9 73.4-83.6 39 10.7 7.6-14.8 20 6.8 4.2-10.8 7 2.5 1.1- 5.7 3 1.1 0.3- 3.6
Robeson 271 207 78.3 72.4-83.2 31 9.6 6.6-13.9 18 6.5 3.9-10.6 8 3.4 1.6- 7.1 7 2.2 1.0- 4.6
Rowan 330 236 70.0 64.0-75.4 63 21.2 16.4-26.8 22 6.6 4.2-10.2 4 1.1 0.4- 3.0 5 1.2 0.5- 3.1
Union 276 208 76.1 69.5-81.7 47 17.8 12.9-24.1 12 4.1 2.1- 7.8 4 1.0 0.3- 2.9 5 1.0 0.4- 2.6
Wake 432 321 75.1 70.2-79.5 64 14.6 11.2-18.9 29 6.9 4.6-10.2 15 2.9 1.7- 4.9 3 0.5 0.1- 1.5
Carteret/Currituck/Craven/Dare/Hyde/Pamlico 326 239 70.0 63.7-75.7 57 21.3 16.2-27.5 16 4.5 2.6- 7.7 7 1.9 0.8- 4.5 7 2.2 1.0- 5.0
Northeast Partnership II*** 389 286 73.9 68.6-78.6 58 15.4 11.7-20.1 27 7.1 4.6-10.7 14 2.8 1.6- 4.9 4 0.8 0.3- 2.1
Northeast Partnership I*** 343 266 74.9 69.0-80.0 48 16.0 11.7-21.4 17 5.0 2.9- 8.3 10 3.7 1.9- 7.2 2 0.4 0.1- 1.6
Franklin/Nash/Wilson 310 217 69.3 62.8-75.0 53 16.3 12.2-21.5 28 11.6 7.6-17.4 11 2.5 1.3- 4.6 1 0.3 0.0- 2.2
Duplin/Greene/Harn./Jones/Lenoir/Samp./Wayne 333 247 73.0 66.9-78.4 52 16.5 12.2-21.8 22 7.7 4.7-12.2 9 1.9 0.9- 4.1 3 0.9 0.3- 2.8
Bladen/Brunswick/Columbus/Pender 330 239 71.1 65.2-76.3 53 16.1 12.2-21.0 24 9.8 6.4-14.8 12 2.6 1.4- 4.8 2 0.4 0.1- 1.7
Caswell/Granville/Person/Vance 275 205 74.2 67.9-79.7 43 14.7 10.6-20.1 14 5.2 3.0- 9.0 12 5.6 3.0-10.0 1 0.3 0.0- 2.1
Chatham/Lee/Moore 331 247 74.7 68.9-79.7 50 14.9 11.0-20.0 22 7.8 5.0-12.0 11 2.4 1.3- 4.4 1 0.2 0.0- 1.2
Anson/Hoke/Montgo./Richmond/Scotland/Stanly 397 283 71.9 66.6-76.6 69 17.2 13.4-21.8 25 5.5 3.6- 8.4 15 3.8 2.2- 6.5 5 1.7 0.6- 4.2
Davie/Rockingham/Stokes/Surry/Yadkin 320 233 74.9 69.2-79.8 57 16.8 12.8-21.7 21 5.8 3.5- 9.4 8 2.4 1.0- 5.7 1 0.2 0.0- 1.2
Alleghany/Ashe/Avery/Watauga/Wilkes 313 216 69.9 63.6-75.5 65 20.7 15.8-26.7 20 5.2 3.2- 8.2 8 2.8 1.3- 5.9 4 1.4 0.4- 4.3
Alexander/Burke/Caldwell/Cleve./Lincoln 324 226 70.2 64.1-75.6 61 19.5 14.9-25.1 25 7.1 4.6-10.9 9 2.5 1.2- 5.0 3 0.7 0.2- 2.3
Mountain AHEC (Excludes Buncombe) 459 357 77.8 72.8-82.1 62 15.4 11.7-20.1 21 3.8 2.3- 6.2 12 1.7 0.8- 3.3 7 1.3 0.6- 3.2
NORTHEASTERN PARTNERSHIP***
Yes 835 626 73.9 70.3-77.3 127 16.8 13.9-20.2 49 5.8 4.3- 8.0 25 2.7 1.8- 4.2 8 0.7 0.3- 1.4
No 10,468 7,687 73.8 72.7-74.9 1,758 16.7 15.8-17.6 656 6.3 5.7- 7.0 277 2.4 2.1- 2.7 90 0.8 0.6- 1.0
NC REGIONS**
Eastern NC 3,733 2,754 72.1 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
Piedmont 6,293 4,627 74.5 73.1-75.8 1,066 16.2 15.1-17.4 394 6.3 5.5- 7.2 161 2.4 2.0- 2.9 45 0.5 0.4- 0.8
Western NC 1,277 932 74.6 71.6-77.4 219 17.4 15.0-20.2 78 5.0 3.9- 6.5 35 2.0 1.4- 2.9 13 0.9 0.5- 1.8
AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS(AHEC)
Mountain AHEC*** 736 559 77.0 73.1-80.5 108 15.7 12.6-19.3 41 4.5 3.1- 6.4 21 1.9 1.1- 3.1 7 1.0 0.4- 2.3
Northwest 2,308 1,654 72.4 70.1-74.6 436 19.0 17.0-21.1 148 5.8 4.8- 7.1 51 2.1 1.5- 3.0 19 0.6 0.4- 1.1
Charlotte 1,716 1,260 73.8 71.2-76.3 295 16.9 14.8-19.2 106 6.2 5.0- 7.7 44 2.7 1.9- 3.9 11 0.4 0.2- 0.7
Greensboro 1,484 1,113 76.4 73.2-79.3 239 14.9 12.8-17.3 87 6.4 4.4- 9.3 35 1.6 1.1- 2.4 10 0.7 0.3- 1.6
Southern Regional 1,074 777 70.4 66.8-73.8 170 17.6 14.8-20.8 72 7.0 5.3- 9.2 38 3.5 2.5- 4.9 17 1.5 0.9- 2.7
Coastal 631 474 73.4 69.0-77.4 100 17.0 13.7-20.8 40 7.7 5.3-11.1 13 1.4 0.8- 2.5 4 0.5 0.2- 1.3
Wake 1,406 1,029 74.3 71.2-77.0 224 15.0 12.8-17.5 93 6.8 5.3- 8.7 49 3.2 2.3- 4.4 11 0.8 0.3- 1.9
Area L 499 359 70.1 65.0-74.6 78 16.3 12.8-20.5 46 10.6 7.6-14.7 13 2.5 1.4- 4.5 3 0.5 0.1- 1.5
Eastern 1,449 1,088 74.1 71.1-76.8 235 17.4 15.0-20.1 72 5.2 3.8- 6.9 38 2.3 1.6- 3.4 16 1.1 0.6- 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, Edgecombe, 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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