- Every 7 minutes someone in the United States becomes blind or significantly vision impaired.
- Vision loss tends to strike later in life, specifically after age 60.
- Nearly one-quarter of those over age 80 are blind or vision impaired and they are the fastest growing segment of our population.
- Americans with blindness, low vision, or age-related eye disease is expected to grow by nearly one-third – to 50 million+ – by 2020.
- Vision loss poses a very serious challenge to those who would otherwise remain part of a productive work force beyond age 65.
- Currently, lost productivity because of vision loss accounts for over $9 Billion dollars in annual lost productivity.
- Low vision or blindness affects approximately 1 in 28 Americans over the age of 40 – 3.3 million Americans.
- An estimated 1 million Americans over the age of 40 are legally blind.
- An association with vision loss and vehicular crashes has been shown in older adult drivers.
- Vision loss is a leading cause of falls in baby-boomers; one study found that visual field loss was associated with a 6-fold risk of frequent falls.
- Even mild visual impairment doubles the risk of mortality over a 5-year period.
“Blindness and vision impairment are on the rise in the United States. A recent report by Prevent Blindness America indicates that, since the year 2000, incidence of blindness and vision impairment has increased by 23 percent among Americans age 40 and older. However, most blindness in this country is preventable with proper eye care.” – The American Press
See…ing the Risk Factors…
In addition to age, major risk factors include a family history of eye disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure and/or cholesterol, to mention a few.
Major findings from a survey conducted by Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, include the following replies from participants that clearly demonstrate most people do not SEE their risk factors: