Silver Book Fact

In 2015, an estimated 1 million Americans were legally blind.

Varma R, Vajaranat T, Burkemper B, Wu S, et al. Visual Impairment and Blindness in Adults in the United States: Demographic and geographic variations from 2015 to 2050. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016; doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.1284. http://archopht.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2523780

Reference

Title
Visual Impairment and Blindness in Adults in the United States: Demographic and geographic variations from 2015 to 2050
Publication
JAMA Ophthalmol
Publication Date
2016
Authors
Varma R, Vajaranat T, Burkemper B, Wu S, et al.
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • More than 7.6 million Americans age 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy—7,685,237.  
  • In 2001, approximately 5.6 million prescriptions were filled for glaucoma patients.  
  • Progression of vision loss from normal to blind is associated with more than 1.5-fold increased odds of depression and injury, and 2.5- to 3-fold increased odds of utilization of skilled…  
  • Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) sponsored by the National Eye Institute
    “Hyman Shapiro of Rockville, Maryland, practiced law for 45 years until his vision problems made it too difficult to read the law books. In 1988, he was diagnosed with age-related…  
  • More than 2 million Americans age 50 and older have age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—2,069,403.