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Focus on wellness

Early detection of vision problems is critical. The leading causes of irreversible blindness—glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and muscular degeneration—advance without pain and other symptoms in their earliest stages. Eighty percent of the world’s blindness is preventable, according to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

Focusing on the facts of vision:

  • More than 1 million Americans aged 40 and older are blind, and another 2.4 million are visually impaired.1 This number could double in the next 30 years with the aging of Baby Boomers.
  • More than 70 percent of Americans reported loss of eyesight as “10” on a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the worst thing that could happen to them. It means a loss of independence, mobility and quality of life.2
  • More than 75 percent of U.S. residents between age 25 and 64 require some sort of vision correction.3
  • Vision problems in adults cost an estimated $51.4 billion in the United States, including costs to the individuals and their caregivers, and the impact on the U.S. economy.4
  • One in four school-aged children has an undiagnosed vision problem that can interfere with learning.5
  • A vision plan is one of the top five most-desired benefits, after medical insurance, by employees.6

Vision health impacts overall health, too

Eye exams can detect symptoms of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.7

1 National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
2 National Eye Institute and Lions Clubs International Foundation
3 Jobson’s Optical Research
4 Prevent Blindness America
5 Vision Council of America
6 LIMRA Internationa
7 Thompson Media Inc

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