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The Vision Health Initiative (VHI) promotes vision health and quality of life for all populations, through all life stages, by preventing and controlling eye diseases, eye injury, and vision loss resulting in disability. VHI, consists of a team in CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation, collaborated with diverse stakeholders to develop a coordinated public health framework to promote the nation's vision health across the lifespan. The initiative achieves its mission by supporting the following three key activities:

  • Assessment
  • Application
  • Action


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The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders in the United States – Total $139 Billion [PDF–1.3M]

Economic Impact of Vision Loss: $139 billion; Productivity: $48.4 billion; Medical = $65 billion; Long Term Care - $20.2 billion; Other Indirect costs - $3.5 billion; Other direct - $1.7 billion
Wittenborn, John S. & Rein, David B. “Cost of Vision Problems: The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders in the United States.” NORC at the University of Chicago. Prepared for Prevent Blindness America, Chicago, IL. June 11, 2013.


Cost of Vision Problems

The State of Vision, Aging and Public Health in America PDF
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