5 blinding facts you should know

blinding fact #1:
rates of blindness will double by 2020.

In the United States alone, more than 1.1 million are legally blind and an additional 50,000 people lose their sight each year. The visually impaired, including those who are blind, total more than 3.6 million Americans.

blinding fact #2:
half of all blindness is preventable.

90% of blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy is preventable. Blindness caused by glaucoma and macular degeneration is also preventable. Vision screenings and full eye exams help detect eye diseases while they are still treatable, therefore stopping or altogether avoiding vision loss.

blinding fact #3:
1 in 4 school children has a serious vision problem.

Only 22% of preschool children receive vision screenings in the United States. Healthy vision is crucial because an estimated 80% of learning is visual during early childhood. Many vision disorders such as refractive errors and amblyopia have no outward signs or symptoms and can become permanent if not treated early.

blinding fact #4:
diabetics are 25x more likely to become blind.

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness for working-aged adults. The longer you have diabetes, the greater your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. High blood pressure and poor control of blood sugar levels also increase your risk of blindness.

blinding fact #5:
smoking causes blindness.

Studies show a strong link between smoking and development of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). AMD is a condition that primarily affects the part of the retina responsible for sharp central vision. AMD is one of the leading causes of blindness in older adults and has no cure. Studies from the American Journal of Ophthalmology found that smokers are 2.5 times more likely to develop AMD.

now that you know the facts, get your vision screened.

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