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Visual Impairment in the United States tops 4.2 million

Report: Nearly 4.2M Americans Age 40 And Older Have A Visual Impairment.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/10, Alvarez) reports that according to the “Vision Problems in the US” report, “nearly 4.2 million Americans age 40 and older have a visual impairment, and this figure has gone up 23% since 2000, as baby boomers age. Preventable causes of eye problems, such as diabetes and obesity, are major contributors to vision loss, and action needs to be taken to reduce the related social and economic hardship, says the report, a joint publication of the National Eye Institute and Prevent Blindness America. Age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma are the four leading eye diseases affecting older adults; all of them can lead to blindness if left untreated.”