Self-Reported Use of Eye Care Among Latinos

The Los Angeles Latino Eye Study

This study examined self-reports of eye care among a sample of Latinos age 40 and older in La Puente, Calif.

The authors report descriptive data on eye care and predictors of receiving eye care. Predictors of receiving eye care included older age, female gender, being bilingual, having a regular source of care, having health insurance, and visual impairment among other factors.

The study concludes that multiple modifiable factors are associated with greater use and access to eye care in the Latino population. Modification of these factors should be a priority since visual impairment has significant impacts on well-being and mortality.