Silver Book Fact

Medicare beneficiaries with vision loss from glaucoma are significantly more likely to be placed in a nursing home and to develop depression, 67% more likely to fracture a femur, and 58.% more likely to have a fall or an accident–compared to those with no vision loss.

Bramely T, Peeples P, Walt J, Juhasz M, et al. Impact of Vision Loss on Costs and Outcomes in Medicare Beneficiaries with Glaucoma. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008; 126(6): 846-56. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/126/6/849.pdf

Reference

Title
Impact of Vision Loss on Costs and Outcomes in Medicare Beneficiaries with Glaucoma
Publication
Arch Ophthalmol
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Bramely T, Peeples P, Walt J, Juhasz M, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 126, Issue 6
Pages
846-56
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • More than 2 million Americans age 50 and older have age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—2,069,403.  
  • Age-Related eye diseases affect more than 35 million Americans age 40 and older. The most common eye diseases in that age group are macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataract.  
  • More than 2.7 million Americans age 40 and older have glaucoma—2,719,379.  
  • From 2005 – 2008, around 4.2 million diabetics age 40 and older had diabetic retinopathy.  Of these, 655,000 had advanced diabetic retinopathy that could lead to severe vision loss.  
  • A study of Medicare beneficiaries with glaucoma showed that health care costs increased with degree of vision loss–ranging from $8,157 per year for no vision loss to $18,670 for blindness.