Research Provides Updated Prevalence Rates of Vision and Eye Health Disorders, Vision Loss, and Blindness
Research providing updated prevalence rates of vision and eye health disorders, vision loss, and blindness in the United States at the national, state, and county levels was conducted by the NORC at the University of Chicago and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. The prevalence estimates from this research was developed by using data within CDC’s Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System (VEHSS).
Get the latest state and national data on vision and eye health.
Age-related Macular Degeneration
A 2022 study, The Prevalence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the United States In 2019, found that in 2019, an estimated 19.83 million Americans were living with some form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Visual Acuity Loss and Blindness
This study has found that as of 2017, 7.08 million people are living with uncorrectable visual acuity loss, including 1.08 million Americans who are living with blindness. The prevalence of permanent vision loss is 68% higher than previously available estimates.
Diabetes-related Retinopathy and Glaucoma
Prevalence estimates for the vision and eye health disorders will be available soon. Check back to this page for updates.