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Prevent Blindness Ohio
Stacie Lehman
Phone: 800-301-2020 ext. 119
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- Annual Cost of Eye and Vision Disorders in Ohio

Estimated to be $5.4 Billion -


Columbus, OH (June 18, 2013) – Vision-related diseases are costing patients, insurance companies and the U.S. government more than ever before.  And according to the new report commissioned by Prevent Blindness America (PBA) from researchers at the University of Chicago, “Cost of Vision Problems:  The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders in the United States,” the financial burden will continue to grow due to increasing healthcare costs and an aging population.  The annual economic burden of vision problems in the United States is estimated to be nearly $139 billion, $5.4 billion of which is borne in Ohio.


Vision-related diseases are among the costliest health problems to the U.S. economy, far greater than indicated in earlier reports and, at $139 billion per year (based on the 2011 US population and in 2013 dollars), are more costly than three of the top seven major chronic diseases in the United States today.


Data from the 2013 Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders Report also includes:  

  • A national breakdown of estimated costs of eye disorders and vision loss from the perspective of three payers: government ($47.4 billion), private insurance ($20.8 billion in direct medical costs and $1.3 billion for long term care) and patients and their families ($71.6 billion)
  • An economic burden breakdown of vision-related disease by state and age
  • Estimates of costs associated with vision loss on disability and quality of life

The data provided in the new report serves as an update to the landmark 2007 PBA report and provides a much more comprehensive view of the economic challenges associated with vision problems. In addition to a revised methodology, the new report includes cost data across the age spectrum (including children for the first time), and considers all disorders related to the eye.


A full copy of the report can be found at:


An overview of the new report was presented today at the second annual Prevent Blindness America “Focus on Eye Health National Summit” at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington D.C. The Summit also featured a range of presentations focusing on topics including vision benefits for children, access to care for those with low vision, and systems of care for vision for children and adults.    


“We feel that we now have a true estimate of the current and growing costs of eye disease in this country and our state.  Armed with that information, we can address the need for increased prevention, research and healthcare options,” said Sherry Williams, President & CEO of Prevent Blindness Ohio.  “It is important that people understand that eye disease is among the most expensive conditions in our country, with over half the cost currently being assumed by aging patients and their families.”

For more information about the Prevent Blindness America Cost of Vision report or other vision-related topics, please visit pbohio.orgor call(800) 301-2020.


About Prevent Blindness Ohio

Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, 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. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country’s second-oldest national voluntary health organization. For more information or to make a donation call 800-301-2020 or visit us on the web at



Direct Costs (in $ millions)


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Indirect Costs (in $ millions)


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Total Economic Impact:  $5,409,000,000