Medical Costs per Person
While vision correction of refractive error is the most costly disorder overall due to the high use of these services, per-person vision correction costs are lower than all other disorders at $81 per person, per year. Medical costs attributable to self-reported low vision without a diagnosis are the next least costly at $734 per year.
Medical costs for any diagnosed medical disorder averages $3,432 per year. Among the medical diagnoses, diagnosed blindness or low vision is the most costly condition at $6,680 per year. Retinal disorders among persons without or with diabetes are the next costly, at $3,740 and $3,640 per person, respectively. Cataracts cost $3,480 per year. All per-person medical costs are lowest among children and highest among the age 40-64 age group.
Figure 7/Table 6.2 Per-person annual medical costs by disorder*
|Vision Disorder||Age 0-17||Age 18-39||Age 40-64||Age 65+||All ages|
|Blindness and low vision||1490||2820||5870||10020||6680|
|Retinal disorder, no diabetes||830||1690||2730||4210||3740|
|Retinal disorder, with diabetes||770||1610||2930||3950||3640|
|Glaucoma and optic nerve||350||910||1490||2580||2170|
|Disorders of the globe||500||960||1610||2780||1440|
|Conjunctivitis, lacrimal/eye lid||500||1000||1540||2750||1290|
|Injuries and burns||410||830||990||1910||950|
|Undiagnosed low vision||189||505||825||703||734|
*Costs not controlled for presence of other disorders, Differences in condition costs are not statistically significant.