Strategies to improve the reporting of legal blindness in Massachusetts

Am J Public Health. 1997 Mar;87(3):425-8. doi: 10.2105/ajph.87.3.425.


Objectives: Registration practices were evaluated as the initial phase of a validation study of the Register of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.

Methods: Massachusetts eye care providers were surveyed to determine factors associated with nonreporting of legal blindness to the commission.

Results: Among ophthalmologists, factors associated with nonreporting were small practice size and practicing for 5 years or less in Massachusetts. Among optometrists, factors included small practice size and unawareness of the Massachusetts reporting law.

Conclusions: Information should be disseminated to eye care providers, legally blind patients, and the public to ensure registration and sustain it.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Blindness*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Massachusetts / epidemiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Pilot Projects
  • Registries
  • Surveys and Questionnaires