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Updated January 2014

2012 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 236,068
Gender
   Male 104,704
   Female 131,364
Age
   Under 5 3,460
   5-17 13,220
   18-34 21,738
   35-64 104,701
   65-74 36,735
   75 and older 56,214

2011 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 238,447
Gender
   Male 110,835
   Female 127,612
Age
   Under 5 2,794
   5-17 14,766
   18-34 25,054
   35-64 103,813
   65-74 33,759
   75 and older 58,261

2010 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 236,967
Gender
   Male 104,521
   Female 132,446
Age
   Under 5 5,151
   5-17 14,039
   18-34 21,575
   35-64 101,605
   65-74 36,129
   75 and older 58,468

2009 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 232,633
Gender
   Male 98,998
   Female 133,635
Age
   Under 5 3,448
   5-17 14,550
   18-34 21,666
   35-64 105,704
   65-74 32,533
   75 and older 54,732

2008 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 232,038
Gender
   Male 102,152
   Female 129,886
Age
   Under 5 3,425
   5-17 11,691
   18-64 125,416
   65-74 32,823
   75 and older 58,683

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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