Everyday people across the nation struggle with vision impairment that affects their everyday life. From students who struggle to see the board in school to adults struggling to read their computer screen at work, individuals all over the country are in need of vision corrections.
By the Numbers
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vision impairment is one of the most prevalent disabling conditions among children in the US.
- 80% of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured
- Research from the Vision Impact Institute indicates that 25% of school age children have a vision impairment.
- The Campaign for Educational Equity reports that low income youth are at a greater risk of unrecognized and untreated vision problems and have a higher rate of unmet needs for vision care services.
- Visual impairment, according to a National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) report, is more common among Americans with lower income, with older Americans living below the poverty level experiencing prevalence rates 50% higher than all other older adults.
- Only half of the estimated 61 million adults in the United States classified as being at high risk for serious vision loss, visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months
- Only 4% of Americans without health insurance reported having optional vision insurance, compared with 58% of Americans with private health insurance and 44% of Americans with public health insurance