Prevalense of Eye Diseases

Natl. Eye Institute data –

Eye diseases greatly increase in frequency after 80 years of age.

http://www.nei.nih.gov/eyedata/pbd_tables.asp

Summary of Eye Disease Prevalence Data

Prevalence of Cataract, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, and Open-Angle Glaucoma Among Adults 40 Years and Older in the United States*

Age, Cataract Advanced AMD Intermediate AMD Glaucoma
Years Persons (%) Persons (%) Persons (%) Persons (%)
40-49 1,046,000 2.5% 20,000 0.1% 851,000 2.0% 290,000 0.7%
50-59 2,123,000 6.8% 113,000 0.4% 1,053,000 3.4% 318,000 1.0%
60-69 4,061,000 20.0% 147,000 0.7% 1,294,000 6.4% 369,000 1.8%
70-79 6,973,000 42.8% 388,000 2.4% 1,949,000 12.0% 530,000 3.9%
>80 6,272,000 68.3% 1,081,000 11.8% 2,164,000 23.6% 711,000 7.7%
Total 20,475,000 17.2% 1,749,000 1.5% 7,311,000 6.1% 2,218,000 1.9%
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