Americans fear vision loss more than they fear cancer, HIV/AIDS, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health problems, according to a national opinion poll released by the American Foundation for the Blind. We are terrified of an issue that we often know very little about. The only way to face this fear is to become informed about the realities of vision loss.
Worldwide, 285 million people are visually impaired; 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. It is estimated that 25 million Americans are blind or visually impaired. Take a look at Prevent Blindness America’s interactive map for a geographic breakdown: Vision Problems in the U.S.