National Health Examination Survey, Cycle I, 1959-1962: Vision Data (ICPSR 9202)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics


The National Health Examination Surveys, Cycle I (NHES I), conducted during the period 1959-1962, were designed to secure statistics on the health status of the population of the United States. More specifically, their purpose was to determine the prevalence of certain chronic diseases, the status of dental health, and the distributions of auditory and visual acuity and certain anthropometric measurements. This collection includes findings from a vision examination that measured corrected and uncorrected visual acuity for near and far vision. The survey contains variables on sight problems, eye disease, color blindness, vision measurement with/without glasses, and headaches.

Series: National Health Examination Surveys, Cycles I-III Series

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Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Examination Survey, Cycle I, 1959-1962: Vision Data. ICPSR09202-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-11-09.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    dental health, eyesight, health behavior, health history, health status, hearing (physiology), medical evaluation, physical health, testing and measurement, vision impairment

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1959-10--1962-12

Universe:    Adult (ages 18-79), civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the coterminous United States.

Data Type(s):    clinical data

Data Collection Notes:

Files from the NHES Cycle I, 1959-1962 may be linked using the File Sequence number in columns 1-5. The age distribution for this file is: N=3,853 ages 18-44, N=1,252 ages 45-54, N=861 ages 55-64, N=564 ages 65-74, and N=142 ages 75-79.


Sample:    National probability sample.

Data Source:

visual examinations


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-09-26

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