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Statistics about Blindness

Cause statistics for Blindness:

The following are statistics from various sources about the causes of Blindness:

  • 97% of all blindness results from common eye diseases in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 0.8% of diabetic adults attending specialist diabetes services suffered new blindness in Australia 2002 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 12,000-24,000 new cases of blindness annually are due to diabetic retinopathy in the US (National Diabetes Statistics fact sheet, NIDDK, 2003)
  • Diabetes causes 8,000 new cases of blindness in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 5,500 people each year become blind from glaucoma in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 120,000 people are currently blind from glaucoma in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 104,000 people are legally blind from because of age-related macular Degeneration in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • 30,000 people go blind because of uveitis in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
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Prevalence and incidence statistics for Blindness:

See also prevalence and incidence page for Blindness

Prevalance of Blindness: 1,100,000 people are legally blind in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)

Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 247 or 0.40% or 1.1 million people in USA [about data]

Worldwide prevalence of Blindness: 42,000,000 people are blind worldwide (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)

Prevelance statistics about Blindness:

The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Blindness:

  • More than 1 million Americans are blind
  • 80,000 people suffer from potentially blinding eye diseases in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • more about prevalence...»

Incidence statistics about Blindness:

The following statistics relate to the incidence of Blindness:

  • 12,000-24,000 new cases of blindness annually are due to diabetic retinopathy in the US (National Diabetes Statistics fact sheet, NIDDK, 2003)
  • 80,000 people suffer from potentially blinding eye diseases in the US (Research to Prevent Blindness, NISE, NSF)
  • more about incidence...»

Society statistics for Blindness

Hospitalization statistics for Blindness:

The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Blindness:

  • 0.005% (580) of hospital consultant episodes were for blindness and low vision in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 92% of hospital consultant episodes for blindness and low vision required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46% of hospital consultant episodes for blindness and low vision were men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital consultant episodes for blindness and low vision were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31% of hospital consultant episodes for blindness and low vision required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 36 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for blindness and low vision in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for blindness and low vision in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 45 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for blindness and low vision in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31% of hospital consultant episodes for blindness and low vision occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 27% of hospital consultant episodes for blindness and low vision occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 26% of hospital consultant episodes for blindness and low vision were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.005% (2,507) of hospital bed days were for blindness and low vision in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)

About statistics:

This page presents a variety of statistics about Blindness. The term 'prevalence' of Blindness usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Blindness at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Blindness refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Blindness diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

 

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