We estimate the total economic burden of eye disorders and vision loss to be $139 billion, based on the 2011 U.S. population in 2013 dollars. We estimate that uncorrectable vision loss resulted in a social burden of 283,000 disability adjusted life years (DALYs) lost. We do not include a monetary value for DALYs lost in the primary burden estimate. If we had assumed a value of $50,000 per DALY, the economic burden would increase by $14 billion to a total of $153 billion.
Direct and Indirect Cost of Vision Problems by Age Group (in $ billions)
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|Costs in $ billions||Age 0-17||Age 18-39||Age 40-64||Age 65+||All ages|
Table R1. Economic Burden Results, in $ Millions