Low-Vision Device Use Among Medicare Recipients Assessed
Medicare coverage should be expanded to include low-vision devices in order to better address use disparities, researchers suggested after conducting a cross-sectional population-based survey involving >3,000 individuals.
Participants were low-vision Medicare beneficiaries who took part in National Health Interview Survey vision supplement in 2002, 2008, or 2016. Investigators looked at the impact sociodemographic and economic factors had on self-reported use of low-vision devices or low-vision rehabilitation. Among the results:
- ~One-fourth reported using low-vison devices.
- 4% said they used low-vision rehabilitation.
- After adjusting for ocular diagnoses, Hispanics were nearly 40% less likely than whites to use low-vision devices.
- Blacks were equally as likely as whites.
- Those from other races/ethnicities were ~60% less likely to do so.
- There were no racial/ethnic disparities regarding low-vision rehabilitation use.
Choi S, Stagg BC, Ehrlich JR. Disparities in low-vision device use among older US Medicare recipients. [Published online ahead of print September 6, 2018]. JAMA Ophthalmol. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.3892.