Eye Care Services in Central PA

Eye Care Services in Central PA
November 2015
Category: Office

Are you a person who wears prescription glasses or contacts? You are not alone. Recent health studies reveal that three out of four people in the United States have had some type of vision correction which could include glasses, contact lenses, and corrective surgery. Impaired vision is one of the most widespread disabilities in the world. The map below shows the overall percentage of the U.S. population that wears prescription glasses by state. NOTE: This map only includes those wearing glasses and does not include those who wear contacts or who have had corrective surgery.

 central pennsylvania eye care
Central Pennsylvania is no different than the rest of the population in the United States when it comes to vision correction. Approximately 28.8% of the total population in the Central Pennsylvania region wear prescription glasses. About 48% of adults have purchased some type of eye wear (glasses or contacts) in the past year, spending an approximate $82.4 million on glasses or contact lenses. The typical household will spend over $250 on prescription eye wear, as almost 50% of recent eye wear purchases fall into this spending category.
The map above displays prescription eye wear spending throughout the Central Pennsylvania region by zip code. The darker colors represent areas where spending is greater while lighter colored areas represent zip codes where total spending is less.
 The chart above breaks down the average dollar amount spent on recent eye wear purchases by Central Pennsylvania counties. The chart demonstrates that most households purchase eye wear that is greater than $250, and another large segment spend up to $200.

visits to the optometrist
There are 201 optometrists located throughout the nine counties that make up Central Pennsylvania which equates to roughly 1 per every 11,700 people in the region. In the past 12 months, 383,000 Central Pennsylvanians have visited the eye doctor with total spending amounting to $49.4 million on eye care services (does not include the purchasing of eye wear). Most individuals will purchase eye wear from a private doctor (about 55.1% of eye wear purchases). Approximately 26.0% will purchase eye wear from a retail optical chain, and 18.9% from discount optical centers.

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