Illinois State Profile
More than 250,000 people report blindness or severe difficulty seeing even with glasses. 1
Severe vision impairment is
HIGHER in those reporting:
Poor Health 9% vs Good Health 2%
Less than High School 5% vs High School and Above 2% 2
of individuals 65 years and older with
severe vision impairment reported
having a fall in the previous year3
1. U.S. Census Bureau, 2012–2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, self-report, crude prevalence, all ages.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, self-report, age adjusted, 18yo+.
3. Crews JE; Chou CF, Stevens JA, Saaddine JB. Falls Among Persons Aged 65 Years With and Without Severe Vision Impairment – United States, 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016 May 6;65(17):433-7.