Silver Book Fact

In 2015, an estimated 1 million Americans were legally blind.

Visual Impairment and Blindness in Adults in the United States: Demographic and geographic variations from 2015 to 2050. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016; doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.1284. http://archopht.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2523780

Categories

  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • Percent of Blindness in 2010 Due to DR by Region
     
  • In 2001, an estimated 1.4 million age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients visited physicians or hospitals for treatment of their disease.  
  • In 2015, an estimated 1 million Americans were legally blind.
     
  • Among those 65 and over, 18% are affected by vision trouble; 15 % of men and 19% of women.  Among those 85 and over, 28% report having trouble seeing.  
  • The average cost in 2004 per glaucoma patient age 40 to 64 using outpatient services was $276. The average cost per patient 54 years and older was $254.