The Statistics are Eye Opening!

Here are the top ten eye opening statistics:

  1. Vision loss is considered to have the highest impact on the quality of life as opposed to high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  2. Loss of vision is feared more than loss of taste, hearing, a limb or even 10 years of their life.
  3. Every 7 minutes, someone in the US become blind or visually impaired.
  4. More than 38 million people in the US over the age of 40 experience vision loss, with macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts being most common.
  5. Almost a quarter of people in the US age 80 and older are visually impaired they are also the fastest growing segment of the population.
  6. Vision loss is the leading cause of falls in the older US population.
  7. Vision loss is directly related to depression.
  8. The annual cost associated with eye disease and vision loss in the US is approximately $68 billion.
  9. Those with visual impairment have more than $1,000/year in additional medical costs.
  10. Those with blindness have more than $2,000/year in additional medical costs.