People over the age of 65 have a 30 percent chance of developing age-related macular degeneration. It is the leading cause of blindness for seniors over 65 years of age.
Approximately 2.2 million Americans over 40 years old have glaucoma, with over half of them unaware that they have the disease - until their sight is compromised.
Blindness is the number one complication of people with diabetes. (If you have diabetes, make sure that you regularly get a "diabetic eye exam." Also speak with Dr. Horwitz about some things that you can do to prevent the effects of diabetes on your vision.)
80% of blindness is avoidable because 60% is treatable and 20% preventable with early detection.
Worldwide, an adult goes blind ever five seconds, and a child every minute.