Silver Book Fact

Glaucoma is responsible for 3 out of every 4 cases of visual impairment in the U.S.

Friedman D, Wolfs R, O'Colmain B, Klein B, et al. Prevalence of Open-Angle Glaucoma Among Adults in the United States. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2004; 122(4): 532-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&uid=15078671&cmd=showdetailview&indexed=google

Reference

Title
Prevalence of Open-Angle Glaucoma Among Adults in the United States
Publication
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Friedman D, Wolfs R, O'Colmain B, Klein B, et al.
Volume & Issue
Volume 122, Issue 4
Pages
532-8
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • The annual direct medical costs (including outpatient, inpatient, and prescription drug services) for Americans age 40 and older with diabetic retinopathy is $493 million.  
  • The excess yearly nursing home cost for those with vision loss, beyond the expected cost for those with normal vision, is $450 for those with moderate vision loss, $1,225 for…  
  • Visual impairment and blindness cause an annual health utility loss of approximately $10.5 billion. This figure measures lost quality of life when a disease has little or no short-term impact…  
  • Vision conditions or problems cause activity limitations in 8.3% of Americans age 85 and older.  
  • An estimated 2,907,691 Americans age 40 and older have vision impairment.