Approximately 14 million individuals aged 12 years and older have visual impairment, among which more than 80% could be corrected to good vision with refractive correction.
As of 2004, blindness or low vision affects more than 3.3 million Americans aged 40 years and older; this number is predicted to double by 2030 due to the increasing epidemics of diabetes and other chronic diseases and our rapidly aging U.S. population.
Approximately 6.8% of children younger than 18 years in the United States have a diagnosed eye and vision condition.
The annual economic impact of major vision problems among the adult population 40 years and older is more than $145 billion.
Vision disability is one of the top 10 disabilities among adults 18 years and older and one of the most prevalent disabling conditions among children.
Early detection and timely treatment of eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy has been found to be efficacious and cost effective.
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