Silver Book Fact

Every 7 minutes, someone in the United States becomes blind or visually impaired.

Reference

Title
Statistical Snapshots
Authors
American Foundation for the Blind
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

Related Facts

  • Global DR Prevalence
    DR affects more than 126 million people around the world— 37 million with vision-threatening DR.  
  • Patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) reported 45% worse vision-related functioning, 13% worse overall well-being, 30% more anxiety, and 42% more depression than those without the disease.  They also…  
  • The average cost in 2004 per glaucoma patient age 40 to 64 using inpatient services was $2,270. The average cost per patient 65 years and older was $4,929.  
  • The annual cost of adult vision problems in the U.S. is around $51.4 billion.  
  • Expenditures for glaucoma medications are on the rise–mean annual glaucoma medication expenditures per indiviual increased from $445 in 2001 to $557 in 2006.