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2008 BRFSS Survey Results: Western North Carolina**

Visual Impairment and Access to Eye Care (Age 40+)

How much difficulty, if any, do you have in recognizing a friend across the street?
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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 12,267 10,240 84.7 83.8-85.5 1,321 9.9 9.3-10.6 499 3.9 3.5- 4.4 115 0.8 0.6- 1.0 92 0.7 0.5- 0.9
-Western NC 2,350 1,960 84.3 82.4-85.9 239 10.1 8.6-11.7 112 4.4 3.6- 5.4 20 0.6 0.4- 1.0 19 0.7 0.4- 1.1
GENDER
Male 911 780 85.9 82.9-88.4 78 9.2 7.1-12.0 34 3.4 2.3- 5.0 11 0.8 0.4- 1.4 8 0.7 0.3- 1.4
Female 1,439 1,180 82.9 80.5-85.0 161 10.8 9.0-12.8 78 5.2 4.1- 6.7 9 0.5 0.3- 1.0 11 0.6 0.3- 1.2
RACE
White 2,210 1,851 84.6 82.8-86.3 222 9.9 8.4-11.5 102 4.3 3.4- 5.3 18 0.6 0.4- 1.0 17 0.7 0.4- 1.1
African American 67 53 80.0 65.3-89.5 7 11.7 4.5-27.2 6 7.2 2.7-17.6 0 0.0 . - . 1 1.0 0.1- 7.1
Other Minorities 66 50 78.0 60.1-89.3 9 14.7 5.5-33.5 4 5.0 1.6-14.4 2 2.1 0.4-10.1 1 0.3 0.0- 2.0
HISPANIC
Hispanic 22 17 86.6 63.2-96.0 2 9.2 1.9-34.8 3 4.3 1.2-14.5 0 0.0 . - . 0 0.0 . - .
Non-Hispanic 2,321 1,939 84.3 82.4-85.9 236 10.1 8.7-11.7 109 4.4 3.6- 5.5 19 0.6 0.4- 1.0 18 0.6 0.4- 1.0
AGE
40-44 182 159 87.1 79.8-92.1 18 11.0 6.3-18.3 4 1.6 0.5- 4.8 1 0.3 0.0- 1.8 0 0.0 . - .
45-54 516 425 83.9 80.0-87.2 52 10.1 7.4-13.6 30 4.9 3.3- 7.3 4 0.5 0.2- 1.3 5 0.6 0.2- 1.6
55-64 677 554 83.4 80.0-86.3 82 10.8 8.4-13.7 29 4.2 2.8- 6.3 6 0.7 0.3- 1.7 6 0.9 0.4- 2.1
65-74 552 467 84.3 80.4-87.6 51 9.2 6.8-12.4 26 4.9 3.1- 7.8 6 1.0 0.4- 2.3 2 0.5 0.1- 1.9
75+ 423 355 83.5 78.9-87.3 36 9.1 6.2-13.1 23 5.6 3.6- 8.6 3 0.6 0.2- 1.8 6 1.2 0.5- 3.0
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 369 277 72.4 66.0-78.0 40 14.7 10.1-20.9 33 8.4 5.7-12.1 10 2.1 1.1- 3.9 9 2.5 1.3- 4.9
H.S. or G.E.D. 732 616 86.1 82.9-88.7 75 9.0 6.9-11.6 33 4.1 2.7- 6.2 5 0.6 0.2- 1.4 3 0.3 0.1- 0.9
Some Post-H.S. 595 493 84.6 81.0-87.6 68 10.6 8.1-13.9 26 4.0 2.7- 6.1 4 0.4 0.1- 1.1 4 0.3 0.1- 1.0
College Graduate 651 571 88.0 84.8-90.7 56 8.4 6.2-11.4 20 3.0 1.8- 4.9 1 0.2 0.0- 1.2 3 0.4 0.1- 1.4
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 311 242 77.0 70.5-82.4 32 12.4 8.1-18.5 23 6.4 3.9-10.4 8 2.2 1.1- 4.6 6 2.0 0.8- 4.5
$15,000- 24,999 432 339 79.5 74.1-84.0 61 14.0 10.1-19.2 21 4.3 2.7- 6.8 7 1.4 0.7- 3.1 4 0.8 0.2- 2.3
$25,000- 34,999 276 232 83.8 78.1-88.2 27 10.0 6.5-15.0 13 5.0 2.8- 8.9 2 0.5 0.1- 2.3 2 0.6 0.1- 2.8
$35,000- 49,999 352 304 86.7 81.9-90.4 32 9.2 6.1-13.7 13 3.5 1.9- 6.3 1 0.1 0.0- 0.5 2 0.5 0.1- 2.1
$50,000-74,999 310 276 89.2 84.5-92.6 20 7.3 4.4-11.8 13 3.1 1.7- 5.6 0 0.0 . - . 1 0.4 0.1- 2.8
$75,000+ 343 305 88.7 84.1-92.0 30 8.3 5.5-12.2 8 3.0 1.4- 6.6 0 0.0 . - . 0 0.0 . - .
DISABILITY STATUS
Yes 1,040 784 75.6 72.3-78.7 143 14.5 11.9-17.5 80 7.2 5.6- 9.2 15 1.2 0.7- 2.0 18 1.5 0.9- 2.5
No 1,277 1,150 90.7 88.7-92.4 94 6.9 5.4- 8.7 29 2.2 1.5- 3.3 3 0.2 0.0- 0.5 1 0.1 0.0- 0.4
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 392 338 85.8 81.1-89.4 31 8.5 5.8-12.4 14 3.8 2.0- 7.2 3 0.4 0.1- 1.4 6 1.5 0.7- 3.4
Non-Veteran 1,957 1,621 83.9 81.9-85.8 208 10.4 8.8-12.2 98 4.5 3.6- 5.6 17 0.7 0.4- 1.1 13 0.5 0.3- 0.9

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^Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50, % = 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.

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