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
- Approximately 14 million people aged 12 years or older are visually impaired; 80% of those impairments can be corrected with glasses or contacts.
- Two-thirds of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women, who are more likely to suffer from eye conditions like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
- Take steps toward protecting your eyes by learning more about eye disease and vision loss and following these simple tips.
January 20, 2017
- Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States, affecting about 3 million Americans.
- Half of people with glaucoma don’t know they have it because they don’t have any early symptoms.
- Getting comprehensive dilated eye exams and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are a few of the simple tips you can follow to detect glaucoma early and prevent vision loss.
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
- Glaucoma, the “sneak thief of sight,” affects more than two million US adults aged 40 or older and is projected to affect 3.3 million people by 2020.
- Early detection and treatment of glaucoma can help prevent blindness.
- You can promote sight-saving measures by encouraging comprehensive dilated eye exams
August 3, 2012
- About 61 million US adults are at high risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months.
- Increased availability and affordability of eye health care services can help prevent blindness and vision impairment.
- Sharing these eye health tips can help the public take steps to keep their eyes healthy.
May 27, 2011
- An estimated 11 million Americans who are visually impaired could achieve good vision with glasses, contact lenses, or eye surgery.
- Older adults with moderate or extreme vision loss are no more likely than those with good vision to get eye examinations.
- You can use the BRFSS vision module to measure vision health in your state.
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- Page last reviewed: January 20, 2017
- Page last updated: May 12, 2017
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