2012 Eye Health Summit reveals INCREASING Rate of Ocular Disease11:06 PM
Imagine not being able to see--not even when you put on glasses! This is what people who are legally blind face every single day. And according to the most recent report from the National Eye Institute, the rate of blindness in Americans over age 40 has increased by 23% just since 2000. America is an aging population, and with age comes an increased prevalence for visually devastating diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration. All reports show that we are not doing a good enough job at preventing vision loss before it is too late.
- 22% increase in Glaucoma
- 25% increase in Macular Degeneration
- 19% increase in Cataracts (which affected 24 million people over age 40). Remember cataracts are a normal aging process, and not a real disease of the eye. They do cause severe vision loss, but vision can be improved with surgical removal of the cataract. Click here for more details
- 89% increase in Diabetic Retinopathy
- leading cause of blindness in ages 20 to 74