CDC Launches Eye Health Surveillance System


Approximately 61 million U.S. adults are at high risk for significant vision loss, and early diagnosis and treatment could prevent up to 98 percent of visual impairments. The economic impact of vision loss in Americans over 40 is estimated to be more $145 billion annually.

These facts, provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are behind the agency’s launch of the first Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System. It’s designed to help health care professionals, state health departments, and others better understand the extent of vision loss, eye disorders, and eye care by providing information about eye conditions and diseases at the state and national levels.

The surveillance system pulls in data from several sources, including national surveys and registries, population-based studies, electronic health records, and administrative health claims, across multiple years, to provide info about eye conditions.

Sourced from: CDC