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Eye & Vision Health


Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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May 12, 2017

January 20, 2017

May 13, 2016

  • About 4 million Americans aged 40 years or older are either blind or have vision loss, and this number is expected to increase to 10 million by 2050.
  • Major vision problems among Americans over 40 cost $145 billion [PDF-275KB] in 2014 in medical costs, productivity losses, and long-term care expenses.
  • An interactive CDC website has the latest data from your state on vision impairment, access to and use of eye care, and self-reported eye diseases.

August 1, 2014

April 26, 2013

  • Although most Americans who have vision problems are aged 65 years or older, even preschoolers may not see as well as they should.
  • A comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to detect eye problems early.
  • Free resources are available to help educate your community about the importance of dilated eye exams.

September 28, 2012

August 3, 2012

May 27, 2011

Did You Know?  information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.

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