According to Prevent Blindness America, twice as many people will be blind in 2030 as there are today (Prevent Blindness America, 1998-2000). The following projections are based on estimates of self-reported vision impairment from The Lighthouse National Survey on Vision Loss (The Lighthouse Inc., 1995) and applied to U.S. Census population projections.

  • 17% of persons age 45 and older report some form of vision impairment, representing 16.5 million persons. By the year 2010, when all baby boomers are age 45 and older, this number will increase to 20 million.
  • 9% of persons age 45 and older report severe vision impairment, representing 8.7 million persons. By the year 2010, when all baby boomers are age 45 and older, this number will increase to 10.7 million.
  • About 7.3 million, or 21% of persons age 65 and over, report some form of vision impairment. As baby boomers age, this number will reach 8.3 million in the year 2010; 11.3 million in 2020; and in 2030, 14.8 million persons age 65 and older will report some form of vision loss.
  • About 3.8 million, or 11% of persons age 65 and over, report a severe vision impairment. As baby boomers age, this number will reach 4.3 million in the year 2010; 5.9 million in 2020; and in 2030, 7.7 million persons age 65 and older will report a severe vision impairment.

 

 

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