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November 21, 2019

Eye Care Trends in Young Adults

Author Affiliations
  • 1Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
  • 2Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter
  • 3Retina Group of Florida, Boca Raton
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(1):104-105. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.4663

To the Editor We commend Ehrlich et al1 on their study analyzing eye care trends among US adults aged 50 to 80 years. This study seems necessary because it can help guide policy interventions, as Ehrlich and colleagues mention. However, we believe a follow-up study is warranted on younger adults, specifically those in age groups 26 to 34 years and 35 to 44 years. The US Census Bureau states that the 2 largest groups of individuals without insurance are within these age ranges.2 To guide future policy, it may be helpful to examine eye care trends in these age groups. Regular checkups are important in young patients who make up an at-risk population for conditions of rising prevalence, such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

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