Barriers to Attending Eye Appointments among Underserved Adults
Introduction: Uninsured people have considerably less access to eye doctors and treatments for eye diseases. In a partnership between the Hope Clinic, a non‑profit medical clinic for uninsured individuals, and the University of Michigan’s ophthalmology department, free comprehensive ophthalmic examinations are offered once every two months on a Saturday. We conducted a study on the population that availed this facility in the past and, after three years, we were concerned about the rate of clinic non‑attendance. We conducted a study on the barriers facing those adults who failed to keep their appointments at the University despite multiple reminders.