Facts about Vision

Vision and eye health problems are the second most prevalent and chronic health care problem in the United States; affecting more than 120 million people.

Approximately 61% of Americans --- about 172 million people --- required some form of vision correction.

Nearly 1 out of 4 American children between the ages of 3 - 16 wears eyeglasses.

10% of American children under the age of 12 need vision correction.

According to a study conducted by Prevent Blindness America, about 11.5% of the U.S. high school students (1.6 million American teens) may have undiagnosed or untreated vision problems.

A Georgetown University Medical Center Study concluded that approximately 1,000,000 new blindness cases each year are curable or preventable through detection and treatment, leading to an estimated annual savings to the federal budget of over $1 billion.

75% of employees who use a computer will suffer an eye or vision problem. The most common symptoms are eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and dry or irritated eyes.

Cataracts are the primary reason for self-reported vision impairment and the third leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States.

According to a study conducted by Health Products Research (HPR), 33.2 million Americans are wearing contact lenses.

According to the most recent survey available, optometrists performed 70% of the 78 million primary eye exams.

A survey from the Society for Human Resources Management shows 73% of employers now offer some form of vision benefit.

A recent survey reported that approximately 40 million Americans received vision care benefits via third-party programs.

More than 16 million Americans have diabetes and diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults between the age of 20 and 74. It is estimated that only 40-50% of diabetics are screened annually. Vision plans work to promote routine care and detection of retinopathy.