American Community Survey (ACS) – Vision and Eye Health Surveillance | Last Updated 18 Nov 2019

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. This dataset is a de-identified summary table of vision and eye health data indicators from ACS, stratified by all available combinations of age group, race/ethnicity, gender, and state. ACS is an annual nationwide survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau that collects information on demographic, social, economic, and housing characteristics of the U.S. population. Approximate sample size is 3 million annually. ACS data for VEHSS includes one question related to Visual Function. Data were suppressed for cell sizes less than 30 persons, or where the relative standard error more than 30% of the mean. Data will be updated as it becomes available. Detailed information on VEHSS ACS analyses can be found on the VEHSS ACS webpage (link). Additional information about ACS can be found on the U.S. Census Bureau website ( The VEHSS ACS dataset was last updated in June 2018.

Tags: acs, visual function, glasses, contact lenses

This dataset has the following 35 columns:

Column NameAPI Column NameData TypeDescriptionSample Values
YearStartyearstartnumberStarting year for year range
YearEndyearendnumberEnding year for year range. Same as starting year if single year used in evaluation.
LocationAbbrlocationabbrtextLocation (National or state) abbreviation
LocationDesclocationdesctextLocation (National or state) full name
DataSourcedatasourcetextAbbreviation of Data Source
TopictopictextTopic description
CategorycategorytextCategory description
QuestionquestiontextQuestion description (e.g., Percentage of adults with diabetic retinopathy)
ResponseresponsetextOptional column to hold the response value that was evaluated.
AgeagetextStratification value for age group (e.g., All ages, 0-17 years, 18-39 years, 40-64 years, 65-84 years, or 85 years and older)
GendergendertextStratification value for gender (e.g., Total, Male, or Female)
RaceEthnicityraceethnicitytextStratification value for race (e.g., All races, Asian, Black, non-hispanic, Hispanic, any race, North American Native, White, non-hispanic, or Other)
RiskFactorriskfactortextStratification value for major risk factor (e.g., All participants)
RiskFactorResponseriskfactorresponsetextColumn holding the response for the risk factor that was evaluated (e.g., All participants)
Data_Value_Unitdata_value_unittextThe unit, such as "%" for percent
Data_Value_Typedata_value_typetextThe data value type, such as age-adjusted prevalence or crude prevalence
Data_Valuedata_valuenumberA numeric data value greater than or equal to 0, or no value when footnote symbol and text are present
Data_Value_Footnote_Symboldata_value_footnote_symboltextFootnote symbol
Data_Value_Footnotedata_value_footnotetextFootnote text
Low_Confidence_Limitlow_confidence_limitnumber95% confidence interval lower bound
High_Confidence_Limithigh_confidence_limitnumber95% confidence interval higher bound
NumeratornumeratornumberThe actual number of patients in the dataset with the condition (n)
Sample_Sizesample_sizenumberSample size used to calculate the data value
LocationIdlocationidtextLookup identifier value for the location
TopicIDtopicidtextLookup identifier for the Topic
CategoryIDcategoryidtextLookup identifier for the Category
QuestionIDquestionidtextLookup identifier for the Question
ResponseIDresponseidtextLookup identifier for the Response
DataValueTypeIDdatavaluetypeidtextLookup identifier for the data value type
AgeIDageidtextLookup identifier for the Age stratification
GenderIDgenderidtextLookup identifier for the Gender stratification
RaceEthnicityIDraceethnicityidtextLookup identifier for the Race/Ethnicity stratification
RiskFactorIDriskfactoridtextLookup identifier for the Major Risk Factor
RiskFactorResponseIDriskfactorresponseidtextLookup identifier for the Major Risk Factor Response
GeoLocationgeolocationpointLatitude & Longitude to be provided for formatting GeoLocation in the format (latitude, longitude)