CDC estimates that the combined economic impact of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and refractive error among Americans aged 40 and older.
According to NAEVR
(National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research):
Eye disease and vision loss cost the U.S. $68 billion annually.
The average annual salary for visually impaired adults is nearly $10,000 less than for those with normal vision. The visually impaired are also less likely to be employed — 44% compared with 85% of adults with normal vision.**