The number of people with visual impairment or blindness in the United States is expected to double to more than 8 million by 2050, the National Eye Institute reports.
The study uses projections based on the most recent census data and from studies funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.
And another 16.4 million Americans are expected to have difficulty seeing due to myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) that can be fixed with glasses, contacts or surgery.
The researchers were led by Rohit Varma, M.D., who leads the University of Southern California’s Roski Eye Institute, in Los Angeles. The study was published on May 19th in JAMA Ophthalmology.
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