Trends in Vision and Hearing Among Older Americans

Aging Trends by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Reports statistics on visual impairment, which increases steadily with age. 92% of people 70 years old or older wear glasses, 32% of those age 85 or older have trouble seeing even with glasses, and over 1.8 million non-institutionalized elderly report difficulty with activities of daily living because of visual impairment.

The leading causes of visual impairment and blindness among the elderly are: cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

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