Silver Book Fact

The annual burden to the U.S. economy of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, refractive errors, visual impairment, and blindness in adults age 40 and older is estimated at $35.4 billion– $16.2 billion in direct medical costs, $11.1 billion in other direct costs, and $8 billion in lost productivity.

Rein D, Zhang P, Wirth K, Lee P, et al. The Economic Burden of Major Adult Visual Disorders in the United States. Arch Opthalmol. 2006; 124(12): 1754-60. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/124/12/1754

Reference

Title
The Economic Burden of Major Adult Visual Disorders in the United States
Publication
Arch Opthalmol
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Rein D, Zhang P, Wirth K, Lee P, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 124, Issue 12
Pages
1754-60
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

Related Facts

  • Around 648,000 Americans age 80 and older are blind– 7% of the 80 and older population.  
  • An estimated 2,907,691 Americans age 40 and older have vision impairment.  
  • The number of people in the U.S. with visual impairment or blindness is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050.
     
  • Number of Patients Aged 40 to 64 Using Medical Services, Medications and Vitamins  
  • Losing eyesight potential for greatest impact on day-to-day life poll finds
    Poll finds losing eyesight as potentially having greatest impact on day-to-day life–more than other conditions including loss of limb, memory, hearing, and speech (57% of African Americans polled, 49% of non-Hispanic…