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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

The Economic Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders among the United States Population Younger than 40 Years

AUTHOR:

Wittenborn, J.S., Zhang, X., Feagan, C.W., Crouse, W.L., Shrestha, S., Kemper, A.R., Hoerger, T.J., Saaddine, J.B. and Vision Cost-Effectiveness Study Group.

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YEAR PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLICATION:

Ophthalmology

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The purpose of this study was to determine the economic burden of vision loss and eye disorders in the United States population younger than 40 years in 2012.

  • This study was based on econometric and statistical analysis of survey, commercial claims, and census data.

  • The economic burden of vision loss and eye disorders was $27.5 billion in 2012 ($5.9 billion for children and $21.6 billion for adults).

  • Direct costs were $14.5 billion ($7.3 billion in medical costs for diagnosed disorders, $4.9 billion in refraction correction, $0.5 billion in medical costs for undiagnosed vision loss, and $1.8 billion in other direct costs).

  • Indirect costs were $13 billion, primarily because of $12.2 billion in productivity losses.

  • The burden of vision loss and eye disorders in the United States population younger than 40 was substantial.