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Updated January 2014

2012 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 128,047
Gender
   Male 59,722
   Female 68,325
Age
   Under 5 2,647
   5-17 7,038
   18-34 15,534
   35-64 50,498
   65-74 16,215
   75 and older 36,115

2011 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 129,909
Gender
   Male 56,454
   Female 73,455
Age
   Under 5 2,033
   5-17 7,695
   18-34 13,702
   35-64 51,856
   65-74 16,215
   75 and older 38,408

2010 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 126,616
Gender
   Male 54,400
   Female 72,216
Age
   Under 5 1,751
   5-17 9,660
   18-34 13,205
   35-64 49,492
   65-74 17,320
   75 and older 33,188

2009 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 129,914
Gender
   Male 59,842
   Female 70,072
Age
   Under 5 2,695
   5-17 7,630
   18-34 14,923
   35-64 50,937
   65-74 15,031
   75 and older 38,698

2008 Prevalence Rates of Visual Loss

Total 131,231
Gender
   Male 57,701
   Female 73,530
Age
   Under 5 2,536
   5-17 7,249
   18-64 68,415
   65-74 18,627
   75 and older 34,404

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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