Silver Book Fact

Blindness due to glaucoma

Three out of four Americans that are legally blind due to glaucoma are over 65.

Reference

Title
How Are Glaucoma Patients Identified?
Publication
J Glaucoma
Publication Date
2003
Authors
Quigley H, Jampel H
Volume & Issue
Volume 12, Issue 6
Pages
451-55
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor
  • Human Burden

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  • The annual governmental budgetary impact of major adult visual disorders is estimated to be at least $13.7 billion  
  • The annual direct medical costs (including outpatient, inpatient, and prescription drug services) for Americans age 40 and older with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is $575 million.  
  • 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.  
  • The total annual loss for the 3.7 million people in the U.S. who are visually impaired or blind is estimated at more than 209,000 quality-adjusted life-years.