By 2050, 8 million Americans (twice the current number) will be living with visual impairment or blindness. That is the forecast of researchers who used census visual impairment and blindness data, along with population growth projections, to estimate the prevalence of the conditions between 2015 and 2050. “Legally blind” is defined as having 20/200 vision or worse, while “visual impairment” is defined as having 20/40 vision or worse with the best-corrected visual acuity. After assessing prevalence rates by race/ethnicity, age, and gender, the researchers found that non-Hispanic white individuals, especially women, were most at risk for experiencing visual impairment and blindness through 2050. African-Americans are at disproportionately high risk for developing glaucoma. However, everyone is encouraged to get regular eye screenings for early eye disease and correction of refractive errors.
This week’s column emphasizes the importance of regular eye exams. The physicians and staff at MAYO EYE CENTER make a special effort to explain everything to you regarding your condition, medications, treatment, surgery, etc. If you are unsure or do not understand something, please do not hesitate to ask us. We’re located at 2890 South Lamar Blvd., where our entire staff wishes to thank our patients for trusting us with their eye care. We can be reached at 662-234-3937.
Call now before you forget and time slips away.