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 Prevent Blindness Launches Vision Problems in Ohio Interactive Website

 

Columbus, OH (April 21, 2014)– Prevent Blindness introduced its 2014 Vision Problems in Ohio Report and Interactive Website at Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership’s Legislative Briefing on March 19 at Capitol Square. The website includes data about the prevalence and cost of vision loss in Ohio for each of the state’s 88 counties.  

 

The impact of vision loss on the individual, his or her family, the public health system, and to the State of Ohio is a significant public health concern. While half of all blindness is preventable, the number of blind and visually impaired is expected to double by the year 2030 if nothing is done to address the problem. Vision Problems In Ohio estimates that there are currently 3,623,503 Ohioans age 40+ with vision problems and the economic impact of these visual disorders and disabilities costs approximately $5.4 billion annually. 

 

The 2013 Vision Problems in Ohio Report indicates alarming increases in the four leading causes of vision loss in Ohio since the 2000 report was issued:

  • 88,546 people age 50 and older have age-related macular degeneration, a 25% increase
  • 991,628 people age 40 and older have cataracts, a 13% increase
  • 105,889 people age 40 and older have open-angle glaucoma, a 15% increase
  • 284,631 people age 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy, a 31% increase

“With the growing number of Ohio adults affected by vision problems, the localized data available in Vision Problems in Ohio will be helpful to health care and social services providers, members of the aging network and policy makers in planning future strategy and resource allocation to curb the growth of vision loss now and in the future," says Sherry Williams, President and CEO of the Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness.

 

For more information about the Vision Problems in Ohio Report and Interactive Website or Prevent Blindness, visit http://ohiovisionproblems.preventblindness.org/map/ or www.pbohio.org.

 

About Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership (AEPPP)

A statewide collaboration that addresses the growth aging eye challenges in Ohio. The mission of the AEPPP, an initiative supported by the Ohio Department of Aging, is to develop a strategic plan of action to address issues relating to vision care public policy, vision care services, vision education, and vision research that impact the quality of life for Ohio's seniors now and in the future.

 

About Prevent Blindness 

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. For more information or to make a contribution, call 800-301-2020. Or, visit us on the web at www.pbohio.org or facebook.com/pbohio.