The latest “Mese della Vista” (=Vision Month) initiative in Florence, on Jan. 18-19, attracted 128 women and 146 men. The patients' age ranged between 6 and 83. The initiative was organized by Commissione Difesa Vista (CDV), the body promoting vision correction under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Health and the City of Florence. Ophthalmologists and opticians offered free eye examinations in a temporary building in Piazza Santa Croce. Of the 270-plus patients who underwent the eye tests, 70 percent were told that they needed vision correction while 32 percent were advised to undergo a further eye examination. The ratio of contact-lens users to spectacle wearers was 12-202. Among visual defects, the tests showed that more than 80 percent of the patients suffered from astigmatism. The general attitude of Italians toward their eye health raises concern, as one in five never think about it and more than 60 percent have never undergone an eye test for at least three years.