Looking Ahead: Improving Our Vision for the Future
Vision and eye problems are increasing as America ages.
90 million Americans over 40 have vision and eye problems.
That’s more than 3 in 5.
By 2050, without effective interventions:
Diabetic retinopathy will increase 72%
Cataracts will increase 87%
Glaucoma will increase 100%
Age-related macular degeneration will increase 100%
Vision impairment and blindness will increase 150%
Vision loss touches every part of people’s lives.
People with vision loss are more likely to have:
Chronic kidney disease
Vision loss is also related to:
Falls and fall-related injuries
Risk of early death
Access to eye care + Early detection = Improved vision health + Lower costs
CDC’s Vision Health Initiative
ASSESSES the impact of vision loss and identifies populations at risk
Uses APPLIED public health research to develop evidence-based interventions and understand the costs of vision loss
AIMS to increase awareness of vision and eye health, improve access to vision care, and promote the health of people with vision loss
ADVANCES vision and eye health as a public health priority through support of state and territorial health department activities
Page last reviewed: August 10, 2021