Blindness statistics – you’re not alone!
We live in an age where sporting results are measured to the nearest thousandth of a second (or beyond) and you can access almost any type of data from any location. It is therefore somewhat ironic that no one can tell you how many people are blind or visually-impaired. Part of the problem is the inconsistency in how blindness and visual impairment are defined.
Regardless of any inconsistency, the numbers that follow should make it obvious that you’re not alone. Just remember that you’re living in a time where many new tools and solutions exist, with medical and technological solutions rapidly making the world more accessible to people with vision loss.
From the National Center for Health Statistics, in the 2012 report from the National Health Interview Survey, there is a breakdown of self-reported “vision trouble” by age group, race, ethnicity, education, employment status, income, poverty status, health insurance coverage, marital status, place of residents, and region – see Statistics on People and Visually-impaired. Table 11 (and all of the others) is densely packed with data. “Vision trouble” was assessed by the following question: ‘‘Do you have any trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses?”. If you don’t want to parse all of the data, here’s the bottom line. For adults 18 years of age and older, nearly 21 million reported “vision loss” with the following split by age:
|75 and older||2.7|
I’ll occasionally update these numbers as I become aware of new information but the best resource will be organizations such as American Foundation for the Blind.