Vision Care Facts

Children and adults have different vision care needs, though quality care at all stages of life is critical to overall health and happiness.

 

Children

Early detection means greater success.

Approximately 25 percent of all school-age children have some type of eye problem; children’s eye examinations should begin at age three.

55,000 children in the United States are legally blind, and millions more have some form of eye disorder.

In a child’s first twelve years, 80 percent of learning takes place visually. 10 million children fail in school each year owing to vision disorders.

School vision screenings detect problems in only 20 to 30 percent of children and do not expose problems of eye-muscle coordination; eye disease, peripheral vision, or shortcomings in near/distance vision.

More than 17,000 serious eye injuries were sustained by children under 14 years of age in 2011, and eye injuries are the leading cause of childhood blindness. Ninety percent of sports-related eye injuries can be avoided with the use of protective eye wear.

Adults

Health improves productivity/ Vision care matters

An estimated 11 million Americans have uncorrected vision problems and vision disorders resulting in more than eight billion dollars in lost productivity each year.
- Vision Council of America

“Computer Vision Syndrome,” which is defined as eye and vision problems experienced during or related to computer use, accounts for two billion dollars in costs for diagnosis and treatment. 
- American Optometric Association

Sixty percent of employees surveyed said they would trade two days of vacation for an annual eye exam and a pair of glasses.
- Rosenthal & Sorkin, Managed Vision Care

Consumers are paying more for retail eyewear as there is a greater emphasis on eyewear fashion to keep up with current trends. As a result, vision has become one of the top three ancillary benefits.

Over 155 million Americans need corrective lenses, yet less than 93 million purchase them regularly.
- Optical Manufacturers Association.

Presbyobia is the inability to focus on close objects and is part of the natural aging process. It usually occurs after the age of 40 and affects nearly 90 million people.

Cataracts affect nearly 22 million individuals and account for one out of every seven cases of blindness in people over the age of 45. Medical costs for cataract treatment are estimated at nearly seven billion dollars annually. Early detection can control financial costs and ensure a higher quality of life.