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Eye Disease Continuing to Increase Among Americans
Date:4/2/2008

r vice president of Prevent Blindness America. "Our challenge continues to be education, whether it be convincing the public to practice regular eye care or by convincing our government leaders that millions of precious healthcare dollars can be saved through prevention services."

As the baby boomer population continues to age, the number of those who are visually impaired is expected to double in the next 30 years. And, from an economic perspective, the costs associated with adult vision problems in the United States are $51.4 billion. Research from Prevent Blindness America's 2007 "Economic Impact of Vision Problems: The Toll of Major Adult Eye Disorders, Visual Impairment, and Blindness on the U.S. Economy," totaled the financial costs of vision conditions to individuals and their caregivers, and the impact on the economy.

"The good news is that in most cases, the effects of eye disease can be minimized through early detection and treatment," added Garrett. "We strongly urge everyone to make an appointment with their eye care professional today to help protect their sight!"

For more information on eye disease or to receive a copy of the 2008 Vision Problems in the U.S. report, please call Prevent Blindness America at 1-800-331-2020 or visit http://www.preventblindness.org.

About Prevent Blindness America

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screenings, community and patient service programs and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, divisions and chapters, it's
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