Silver Book Fact

Approximately 120,000 people have gone blind because of glaucoma– 9-12% of all cases of blindness in the U.S.

Reference

Title
Glaucoma Facts and Stats
Authors
Glaucoma Research Foundation
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness among age-related eye diseases in Hispanic persons– accounting for 28.6% of cases of blindness.  
  • By 2020, the number of Americans age 40 and older who are blind or have low vision is projected to reach 5.5 million– growing from 3.3 million in 2004.  
  • By 2020, the number of Americans age 40 and older with low vision is projected to reach 3.9 million– growing from 2.4 million in 2004.  
  • Based on estimates from 1997 data, around 115,583 visually impaired and 74,133 blind individuals who did not work, would have worked if they had been fully sighted.  
  • Close to 2.3 million Americans age 40 and older have glaucoma–1.9% of the 40 and older population.