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

  • 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.  
  • Number of Patients Aged 40 to 64 Using Medical Services, Medications and Vitamins  
  • The average cost in 2004 per diabetic retinopathy patient age 40 to 64 using outpatient services was $629. The average cost per patient 65 years and older was $463.  
  • More than 1 million Americans ages 40-49 are estimated to have diabetic retinopathy. That grows to close to 2 million at ages 65-74.  
  • The average direct cost of glaucoma treatment ranges from $623 per year for patients with early-stage glaucoma, to $2,511 per year for end-stage patients. Medication costs make up the largest…