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Don’t Take Your Vision For Granted
Created on: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Author: Eye Associates Surgi Center of Vineland
It’s easy for many of us to take our physical health for granted. Running, jumping and even climbing stairs doesn’t seem like a task until you’ve sprained an ankle or even broken a bone or torn an ACL. Similarly, having healthy vision is something so taken for granted by many of us that it tends to recede into the back of our minds until one day our eyesight isn’t as crystal clear as we remember.
Unsurprisingly, vision issues can have an astonishing impact on a person’s quality of life by limiting social interaction and mobility, increasing the risk of serious injuries and more. Consider some of these facts about individual’s in the United States suffering from visual impairment:
- 20.5 million people in the United States aged 40 and older have cataracts
- 3.4 million Americans aged 40 and older are either blind or visually impaired. That’s nearly 3% of the population.
- Approximately 14 million Americans aged 12 and older have self-reported visual impairment defined as distance visual acuity of 20/50 or worse. Among them, more than 11 million Americans could have improved their vision to 20/40 or better with refractive correction.
- 1.6 million Americans aged 50 and older have age-related macular degeneration