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Resources by Topic: Vision impairment

Enhancing Services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind Patients in Rural America
Discusses the barriers to care that rural patients who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind face, including lack of accommodations and inadequate clinician training. Features a Michigan clinic with American Sign Language-fluent staff, a New Jersey state division providing deaf sensitivity training, and a Colorado program that brings interpreters to rural communities.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Disability in America: Rates of Vision Difficulty
Displays the rate people with vision difficulty on the county-level using data from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS). Includes maps using previous ACS data.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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Rural Eye Healthcare: Optometrist Explains the Benefits of the Medical Model of Optometry
A rural optometrist from a California Federally Qualified Health Center discusses the connection between vision and overall health and the health benefits that optometric care brings to rural patients. Also discusses additional community health training optometry graduates may consider, such as an Indian Health Service residency program for optometrists.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Looking at Vision-related Data: Research Gaps and Eye Care Guidelines
Features new data collection efforts underway to better understand vision care needs. Also discusses screening guidelines and their role in rural vision care.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Teleophthalmology: Ophthalmologists Talk Remote Eye Care Solutions
Discusses the role of remote eye care technology in meeting rural eye care needs. Highlights the use of teleophthalmology in rural Oregon. Features a collaboration of the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Indian Health Service to address diabetic retinopathy using remote surveillance.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Eye Health Needs: Preserving the Eyesight of Rural and Underserved Populations
Explains the importance of vision care in health and describes how rural vision care can be improved to increase quality of life and prevent disability in rural patients. Features a rural Federally Qualified Health Center that has added eye care to its services and a vision van that provides care in underserved communities.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Indian Health Service Vision Care 2018 Edition
Report details the Indian Health Services Vision Care services. Features clinical, diagnostic, and population data. Highlights the prevalence of eye diseases and the frequency of surgical procedures provided and medications prescribed.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Evaluation of Diabetic Retinal Screening and Factors for Ophthalmology Referral in a Telemedicine Network
Examines telemedicine retinal screening for diabetic retinopathy (DR) among type 1 or type 2 diabetics in rural and underserved communities in North Carolina. Discusses geographic and socioeconomic challenges that lead to disparities in screening and treatment for DR, exploring telehealth's potential to expand access. Analyzes data on patient characteristics, diagnoses, and referrals.
Author(s): Pooja Jani, Lauren Forbes, Arkopal Choudhury, et al.
Citation: JAMA Opthalmology, 135(7), 706-714
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
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Pesticide Use and Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the Agricultural Health Study
Highlights a study on age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and pesticide use among agricultural pesticide applicators. Analyzes self-reported data from a cohort of workers and their spouses in Iowa and North Carolina in 1993-1997.
Author(s): Martha P. Montgomery, Eric Postel, David M. Umbach, et al.
Citation: Environmental Health Perspectives, 125(7)
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
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Nonmedical Out-of-Pocket Patient and Companion Expenditures Associated With Glaucoma Care
Discusses and evaluates predictors of patient expenditures to assess cost-effectiveness of glaucoma treatment, using data from 300 patients whose median age was 66 years. Features demographic statistics including breakdowns by urban, suburban, or rural location.
Author(s): Emily M. Schehlein, Lily T. Im, Alan L. Robin, Eberechukwu Onukwugha, Osamah J. Saeedi
Citation: Journal of Glaucoma, 26(4), 343-348
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
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