Silver Book Fact

Every 7 minutes, someone in the United States becomes blind or visually impaired.

Reference

Title
Statistical Snapshots
Authors
American Foundation for the Blind
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

Related Facts

  • An estimated 1 million Americans over the age of 40 are legally blind.  
  • The average cost in 2004 per glaucoma patient age 40 to 64 using inpatient services was $2,270. The average cost per patient 65 years and older was $4,929.  
  • In 2001, approximately 2.9 million glaucoma patients visited physicians or hospitals for treatment of their disease.  
  • The average annual salary for visually impaired adults is around $10,000 less than individuals with normal vision.  
  • One-third of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients suffer from clinical depression.