Silver Book Fact

Cataracts removal over age 85

One in 2 Americans aged 85 years or older stated that their cataracts have been removed.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The State of Vision, Aging, and Public Health in America. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/pdf/vision_brief.pdf

Reference

Title
The State of Vision, Aging, and Public Health in America
Publisher
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2011
Authors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

Related Facts

  • In a study of new applicants for recent vision loss rehabilitative services, 7% had current major depression and 26.9% met the criteria for subthreshold depression.  
  • Individuals who are visually impaired are less likely to be employed–44% are employed compared to 85% of adults with normal vision.  
  • An estimated 2.2 million Americans age 40 and older have glaucoma– 1.9% of the 40 and older population.  
  • The number of cases of visual impairment and blindness from age-related macular degeneration (AMD0 is projected to increase from 620,000 in 2010 to 1.6 million in 2050–assuming no treatments.  
  • By 2020, the number of Americans age 40 and older who are blind is projected to reach 1.6 million– growing 70% from 1 million in 2004.