Poor vision not only impacts our physical health, but also can adversely impact our mental health. Loss of vision has been linked to loneliness, social isolation, and feelings of worry, anxiety, and fear. 😞

In a recent CDC study, it’s been noted:

👉 In the United States, approximately 12 million people over the age of 40 have vision impairment.

👉 About 1 million people are blind.

👉 Nearly 7 percent of children under the age of 18 are diagnosed with a vision or eye condition.

👉 As of 2012, over 4 million Americans ages 40 and above had uncorrectable vision impairment. This number is expected to more than double by 2050, as chronic health conditions impacting vision are on the rise in the older adult population.

👉 For adults, vision disabilities are one of the top 10 disabilities in the United States. 👉 1 in 4 adults with vision loss reported anxiety or depression.

👉 Younger adults with vision loss had almost 5 times the risk of serious anxiety or depression compared to adults 65 and older, possibly because they had not yet developed effective coping or self-management skills.

Poor eyesight is common. Many conditions causing poor eyesight are treatable and even preventable with regular and routine eye care. Your local health department and primary care provider can also give you information on treatment programs and providers in your area to support and help manage mental health concerns.

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