View Full Version : Age-Related Vision Loss On Rise

Apr 13, 2004, 07:25 PM
As the baby boomers age, the numbers of people suffering vision loss will be staggering.

"African-Americans have much higher rate of glaucoma, and it occurs at younger age. So, in terms of screening, it's important for African-Americans to be seen at age 40," Miller said.

By the year 2020, it's estimated that:

Almost 3 million people will have age related macular degeneration.

Even more will suffer glaucoma.

The number of people with diabetic retinopathy will almost double to more than 7 million.

Thirty million people will have cataracts -- a 50 percent jump from today.

The hope is state and local agencies will use the new numbers to devise a future for programs that emphasize early treatment and detection.