Silver Book Fact

For assistance getting around, more than 100,000 visually impaired Americans use long canes, and more than 7,000 use guide dogs.

Facts and Figures on Adults with Vision Loss. http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=15& TopicID=413&DocumentID=4900

Reference

Title
Facts and Figures on Adults with Vision Loss
Publisher
American Foundation for the Blind
Authors
American Foundation for the Blind
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • In 2001, an estimated 1.4 million age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients visited physicians or hospitals for treatment of their disease.  
  • An estimated 6.5% of Americans age 40 and older have age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among white Americans– accounting for 54% of cases of blindness.  
  • Close to $11 billion of the $11.1 billion in direct nonmedical costs for adults with visual disorders goes to nursing home care.  
  • 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…