Millions at Risk for Vision Loss, Blindness

Americans are increasingly susceptible to blindness as they grow older, with three out of 100 of those over 40 years old suffering impaired vision. Almost 1 million Americans older than 40 were blind in 2000, and over 2 million people in this age group suffered diminished vision, leaving them unable to drive a vehicle or perform other tasks. It's estimated that 6 million Americans over 40 years would be visually impaired by 2020. The most common conditions leading to vision loss include:

Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to protect your eyesight as you age.

Reuters April 12, 2004

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