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Updated January 2014

2012 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 15,569
Gender
   Male 8,275
   Female 7,294
Age
   Under 5 217
   5-17 447
   18-34 1,611
   35-64 7,119
   65-74 2,161
   75 and older 4,014

2011 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 11,337
Gender
   Male 6,109
   Female 5,228
Age
   Under 5 219
   5-17 529
   18-34 1,282
   35-64 4,263
   65-74 2,338
   75 and older 2,706

2010 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 14,881
Gender
   Male 6,785
   Female 8,096
Age
   Under 5 581
   5-17 1,147
   18-34 1,652
   35-64 7,271
   65-74 1,656
   75 and older 2,574

2009 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 15,498
Gender
   Male 7,268
   Female 8,230
Age
   Under 5 78
   5-17 1,984
   18-34 1,658
   35-64 7,515
   65-74 1,345
   75 and older 2,918

2008 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 13,809
Gender
   Male 7,203
   Female 6,606
Age
   Under 5 304
   5-17 683
   18-64 8,684
   65-74 1,448
   75 and older 2,690

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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