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for the Blind

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Illinois

Updated January 2014

2012 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 248,262
Gender
   Male 108,494
   Female 139,768
Age
   Under 5 4,550
   5-17 18,349
   18-34 27,477
   35-64 93,394
   65-74 35,760
   75 and older 68,732

2011 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 219,495
Gender
   Male 99,049
   Female 120,446
Age
   Under 5 4,214
   5-17 15,989
   18-34 19,253
   35-64 84,842
   65-74 29,253
   75 and older 65,944

2010 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 212,022
Gender
   Male 89,342
   Female 122,680
Age
   Under 5 3,554
   5-17 12,583
   18-34 19,758
   35-64 78,998
   65-74 29,591
   75 and older 67,538

2009 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 217,060
Gender
   Male 91,585
   Female 125,475
Age
   Under 5 3,128
   5-17 13,794
   18-34 20,579
   35-64 81,156
   65-74 31,186
   75 and older 67,217

2008 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 241,169
Gender
   Male 102,459
   Female 138,710
Age
   Under 5 3,813
   5-17 13,920
   18-64 115,248
   65-74 33,000
   75 and older 75,188

Definition and scope: The term vision loss refers to individuals who reported they have serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, as well as those who are blind or unable to see at all.

Data source: 2008 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates; 2009 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates; 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates; 2011 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates; 2012 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates. www.census.gov/acs/www/

Comparing American Community Survey 1-year data with other data: Generally, American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates can be compared with other ACS 1-year data. However, since ACS variables change over time, some areas and subjects must be compared with caution, or not compared at all. In this instance, the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 ACS 1-year estimates are comparable because the vision loss variable was written the same in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 ACS instruments.

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