Less Affluent Kids Get Less Eyecare, Even if Insured


May face logistical challenges in getting to ECPs.

Even if they are covered by health insurance, children from less affluent families are less likely than wealthier children to see eye doctors, according to Reuters. The news service cited a study in Health Affairs that says children in the lowest wealth category had 16 percent fewer visits to eye care professionals than those at the middle wealth level, and the most affluent children had 19 percent more visits. The study examined health care data on 890,090 U.S. children who were from varying wealth levels but had the same type of health insurance. Early eye examinations are essential for identifying conditions like strabismus and amblyopia. Even when they are insured, lower-income families can face logistical issues in seeking eyecare, the article noted.

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