Eye-Opening Eye Health Statistics

Eye health conditions are very common in the United States, and may be present from birth, as a result of illness or injury, or developed over time due to aging. Five common eye health conditions affecting Americans are cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and uncorrected refractive error.

Living with a vision disorder may cause disadvantages due to delayed childhood learning, reduced participation in education and employment, and social isolation. But you are not alone. We have compiled some surprising and top-line eye health statistics for your information. The following eye health statistics have been compiled by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Eye Diseases

  • Cataracts affect more than 24.4 million Americans aged 40 and older. By age 75, approximately half of all Americans have cataracts.
  • Glaucoma affects more than 2.7 million Americans aged 40 and older.
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is present in nearly 2.1 million Americans aged 50 and older, the stage that can lead to severe vision impairment. In 2010, 9.1 million Americans had early AMD. By age 80, 1 in 10 Americans have late AMD, which is more common in women than in men.
  • Diabetic retinopathy affects nearly 7.7 million Americans aged 40 and older. The number of people in the United States with diabetes is increasing. More than 29 million Americans have diabetes. About 27% of those with diabetes, 8.1 million Americans, do not know they have the disease. Diabetes affects 12.3% of adults age 20 and older.
  • Dry eye syndrome increases with age. An estimated 3.2 million women aged 50 and over, and 1.68 million men aged 50 and over, are affected by dry eye syndrome.
  • Corneal transplants are regularly performed in the United States. There were 48,229 corneal transplants performed in the United States in 2013. Since 1961, more than 1,000,000 men, women, and children, ranging in age from 9 days to 100+ years, have had their sight restored through a corneal transplant.

Visual Impairment and Blindness

  • Nearly 1.3 million Americans aged 40 and older are legally blind, a condition defined as best-corrected visual acuity worse than or equal to 20/200 in the better-seeing eye.
  • More than 2.9 million Americans aged 40 and older have low vision, a condition defined as best-corrected visual acuity worse than 20/40. This number excludes those who are legally blind.
  • Nearly 4.2 million Americans age 40d and older are visually impaired, defined as best-corrected visual acuity worse than 20/40 in the better-seeing eye. This number includes both those with low vision and those who are legally blind.
  • Approximately 8% of men and 0.5% of women among populations with Northern European ancestry have the most common form of color blindness that makes it hard to see red or green. The incidence of this condition is lower in almost all other populations studied.

Refractive Errors

  • More than 34 million Americans aged 40 and older are myopic (nearsighted); this is 23.9% of that population.
  • Nearly 14.2 million Americans aged 40 and older are hyperopic (farsighted); 8.4% of that population.
  • More than 150 million Americans use corrective eyewear to compensate for refractive errors. Americans spend more than $15 billion each year on eyewear.
  • Approximately 37 million Americans wear contact lenses.

Eye Injuries

  • Each year, an estimated 2.4 million eye injuries occur in the United States. Using protective eyewear can prevent 90% of all eye injuries.
  • Nearly 35% of all eye injuries occur in people 18 to 45 years of age.
  • Accidents involving common household products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year.
  • More than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day. Of the total amount of work-related injuries, 10-20% will cause temporary or permanent vision loss.
  • A foreign body in the eye is the most common type of injury, accounting for 35% of the total. Open wounds and contusions each account for about 25%, and the remaining injuries are burns.

Schedule a Consultation

Proper eye care is essential to vision health, as these eye health statistics show. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Advanced Eye Medical today. We will discuss and review the state of your eye health and associated options in order to ensure your eyes stay in good condition.

Vision Correction Surgery: 5 Signs it May be Right for You

Deciding whether vision correction surgery is right for you can prove to be a challenging task. When you start researching, there seems to be an endless stream of information about why you should elect to get vision correction surgery.  This is why it is important to discuss your desire to learn more about vision correction surgery with your eye care professional.  Here is a list of five signs that indicate that you may need vision correction surgery.

1. You Hate Your Eyeglasses

Many people who wear glasses can become frustrated by how easy they are to lose or break, or how they can sometimes feel uncomfortable or obstructive.  This is particularly the case for those who enjoy contact and water sports.

If you’re someone who consistently finds themselves replacing their glasses, you should consider vision correction surgery. This is also true for people who find it annoying when they have to switch between their prescription glasses and their sunglasses, or those who have trouble finding eyeglass styles that they like.

2. Lenses are Not Right for You

Contact lenses are a popular choice for those who need vision correction. However, they do require a lot of maintenance to keep your eyes healthy and can be easy to lose. In addition to this, some people may find that their eyes are agitated by the use of contacts. People who continually lose their lenses and are tired of paying for replacements, or those who find contacts uncomfortable, may be good candidates for vision correction surgery.

3. You Love Outdoor Activities

Glasses and contacts can become quite cumbersome to a large number of outdoor activities. So if you’re tired of your glasses fogging up when you’re out bird watching or your contacts are causing your eyes to itch on the ski slopes, then vision correction surgery is an excellent solution to consider.

4. Your Eyes are beginning to Show Their Age

People over the age of 40 may find that focusing on near objects has become difficult. Losing the ability to see near objects clearly is a natural part of the aging process.  However, if you feel that constantly carrying around reading glasses in order to read menus, paperwork, ingredient labels, etc. is not something you want to deal with later in life, then vision correction surgery could be a better avenue to correcting your vision without impeding your life.

5. Your Career is not Eyeglass or Contact Friendly

Many careers, particularly those in the industrial and manufacturing fields, can make it difficult to wear eyeglasses or contacts. For example, if you’re in a field that requires that you wear protective goggles or masks, having to wear eyeglasses underneath can be quite cumbersome and may negatively affect your work.  In addition, careers such as those in construction where there can be a lot of dust or debris in the air can make wearing contacts dangerous.  If your career makes it difficult to wear either eyeglasses or contacts, then corrective eye surgery is an ideal choice for you.

If any of the above factors apply to you and you want to learn more about the vision correction surgery options available to you, which may include iLASIK, then get in contact with Advanced Eye Medical. We operate in the Orange County area, and are happy to help out local and visiting patients.

IntraLASIK Surgery: What You Should Know

IntraLASIK, or bladeless LASIK surgery, uses laser energy to replace the microkeratome blade that is used in traditional LASIK surgery. While traditional LASIK surgery carries a minimal amount of risk, using IntraLASIK is an even safer alternative. Here are some things to consider before deciding whether IntraLASIK is right for you.

How Does It Work?

A computer-assisted IFS laser is able to make the incision in the cornea to create the corneal flap and performs laser vision correction. This differs from LASIK in that LASIK is a two-step process that involves a blade making the corneal incision and then the introduction of the laser to perform the surgery.

In addition to being a safe procedure, IntraLASIK can also can provide a truly customized vision correction solution. Also, because of its accuracy, IntraLASIK surgery is an ideal option for patients who cannot have traditional LASIK surgery due to having thin corneas.

What Should I Consider Before Undergoing the Procedure?

While traditional LASIK surgery is still popular, IntraLASIK is becoming the industry standard with hundreds of thousands of patients being treated every year.

There are many advertisements for all laser LASIK surgery, so be sure to ask for IntraLASIK by name because other procedures may not be completely computer-aided or customizable. It is important to discuss the differences with your eye care professional before deciding on the procedure.

Depending upon what your vision correction needs, are you may be a better candidate for IntraLASIK than traditional LASIK surgery.

Other Benefits

  • You will heal faster and have a quicker recovery time if you opt for IntraLASIK surgery as opposed to traditional Lasik.
  • IntraLASIK provides a more accurate corneal flap incision and the most accurate vision correction results.
  • Traditional LASIK can produce flaps that are uneven and, in rare cases, may cause the cornea to be uneven after the procedure, which can lead to other vision deficits.
  • The incision site will be cleaner because the laser is sterile and safer than a blade, so you’ll be less prone to infection or inflammation.
  • Fewer patients report having temporarily disoriented vision right after having IntraLASIK.
  • More patients that have IntraLASIK report having perfect 20-20 vision after the procedure than after having LASIK.
  • Most patients reported IntraLASIK as being virtually painless.
  • iLASIK uses of wavefront eye mapping technology along with IntraLASIKmethods to provide an even more customizable and accurate solution that is not possible with traditional LASIK methods.

Now that you know more about IntraLASIK surgery, be sure to schedule an appointment with an eye care professional to see if the procedure is right for you. Feel free to contact us to discuss any questions that you may have about IntraLASIK vs. LASIK, as well as other vision correction methods. At Advanced Eye Medical, we provide iLASIK eye surgery solutions for a range of eye health issues, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.