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Updated January 2014

2012 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 49,311
Gender
   Male 22,286
   Female 27,025
Age
   Under 5 404
   5-17 3131
   18-34 4,848
   35-64 19,488
   65-74 6,247
   75 and older 15,193

2011 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 48,313
Gender
   Male 23,403
   Female 24,910
Age
   Under 5 541
   5-17 2,601
   18-34 5,431
   35-64 18,776
   65-74 6,558
   75 and older 14,406

2010 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 46,627
Gender
   Male 20,913
   Female 25,714
Age
   Under 5 783
   5-17 2,965
   18-34 3,202
   35-64 17,982
   65-74 5,235
   75 and older 16,460

2009 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 50,676
Gender
   Male 23,562
   Female 27,114
Age
   Under 5 457
   5-17 3,247
   18-34 5,903
   35-64 19,885
   65-74 5,445
   75 and older 15,739

2008 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 51,405
Gender
   Male 21,980
   Female 29,425
Age
   Under 5 311
   5-17 2,403
   18-64 23,751
   65-74 7,331
   75 and older 17,609

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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