Loss of Wellbeing
We estimate that vision loss results in the loss of 283,000 disability adjusted life years (DALYs) per year. We do not include a monetary value of this disability in the total estimate. If we did monetize this cost at the commonly cited value of $50,000 per adjusted life year, the burden estimate would increase by $14 billion. Our estimated DALY burden is based on the prevalent population with visual impairment and blindness multiplied by disability weights estimated by the recently released Global Burden of Disease project. We do not include the potential costs of increased mortality from low vision in our estimate.