Statistics

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

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

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.

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

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

Globally the major causes of visual impairment are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

2010 – Blindness by Race:

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

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

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.

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

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

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

80% OF ALL EYE DISEASE IS PREVENTABLE OR CURABLE

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.