Silver Book Fact

More than 2 million Americans over 40 have glaucoma, and only 1/2 are aware of it.

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in people over the age of 65.  
  • Around $62 million a year is spent on guide dogs for individuals 40 years and older with visual impairment (in 2004 dollars).  
  • Close to 2.3 million Americans age 40 and older have glaucoma–1.9% of the 40 and older population.  
  • Over a 1-year period, 54% of individuals with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) reported a fall and 30% reported more than one.  Of all reported falls, 63% resulted in an injury.  
  • The annual governmental budgetary impact of major adult visual disorders is estimated to be at least $13.7 billion