Statistics

Globally the major causes of visual impairment are:

Uncorrected refractive errors - 43%, unoperated cataract - 33%, glaucoma - 2%.

82% of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above.

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common vision problem affecting about 34% of the population.

Computers are the number one source of vision complaints in the workplace.

19% of people in the U.S. use contact lenses.

Globally,
UNCORRECTED REFRACTIVE ERRORS
are the main cause of moderate and severe visual impairment.

31% of people in the U.S. need vision correction due to presbyopia or age related "farsightedness."

Approximately 2.5% or 5.3 million Americans aged 18 years and older have diabetic retinopathy.

Hyperopia or farsightedness is a common vision problem affecting about 25% of the population.

Approximately 16% or 20.5 million Americans 40 years and older have cataracts.

About 75% of all people over the age of 65 have some form of Cataracts.

Early detection and treatment are the best ways to control cataracts.

80% OF ALL EYE DISEASE IS PREVENTABLE OR CURABLE

The global financial cost of childhood blindness is said to be between
$6 billion & $27 billion.

An estimated 3.1% of deaths worldwide are directly or indirectly due to cataract, glaucoma, trachoma & onchocerciasis.

Approximately 14 million Americans aged 12 years and older have self-reported visual impairment defined as distance visual acuity of 20/50 or worse.

90% OF PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND LIVE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WITH LOW INCOME

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the middle and low income countries.

2010 – Blindness by gender:
55% Female, 34% Male

The leading cause of blindness in children is EYE INJURY and 75% of injuries happen when no adult is present.

Most of these injuries can be prevented by using proper
eye protection and following safety precautions.

80% of all learning takes place visually in the first 12 years of life.

Over 70% of the U.S. work force requires vision correction.

There are an estimated 45 million BLIND people and 246 million have LOW VISION.

Protect your eyes.
The proper eye protection will lessen the severity or prevent 90% of all accidental eye injuries.

1.6 million Americans aged 50 years and older have age related macular degeneration.

Approximately 2% or 2.2 million Americans 40 years and older have glaucoma.

In developing countries, it is believed that 60-80% of children who become blind die within 1-2 years.

2010 – Blindness by Race:

83% White, 11% Black, 3% Hispanic, 3% Other

61% of people in the U.S. need eyewear due to Myopia or "nearsightedness."

48% of parents in the U.S. with children under 12 have never taken their child to an eye care professional

the percentage is much higher in Armenia.

For each decade after 40 there's a 300% increase in blindness.

2010 – Vision impairment by gender: 64% Female, 36% Male

64% of people in the U.S. use eyeglasses.

Worldwide, up to 70% of childhood blindness is preventable.

Only half of the estimated 61 million adults in the United States, who classify as being at high risk for serious vision loss, have visited an eye doctor in the past year.

61% of the U.S. adult population had an eye examination within the past year.

An estimated 1.4 million children are blind, 320,000 of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the U.S., 64% of adults or
143 million people wear prescriptive eyewear.

The global prevalence of
childhood blindness is thought to be around 4%
or approximately one tenth of the prevalence of blindness in adults.