Silver Book Fact

More than 2 million Americans age 50 and older have age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—2,069,403.

Prevent Blindness America. Vision Problems in the U.S.: Prevalence of adult vision impairment and age-related eye disease in the U.S.. Chicago: IL: Prevent Blindness America; 2012. http://www.visionproblemsus.org/

Reference

Title
Vision Problems in the U.S.: Prevalence of adult vision impairment and age-related eye disease in the U.S.
Publisher
Prevent Blindness America
Publication Date
2012
Authors
Prevent Blindness America
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

Related Facts

  • In 2001, approximately 5.6 million prescriptions were filled for glaucoma patients.  
  • An estimated 4.1 million Americans currently have diabetic retinopathy. That number is expected to grow to 7.2 million by 2020.  
  • Even mild visual impairment more than doubles the risk of mortality over a 5-year period.  
  • More than 2.7 million Americans age 40 and older have glaucoma—2,719,379.  
  • More than 2 million Americans over 40 have glaucoma, and only 1/2 are aware of it.