The Role of Federal Government in the Public’s Vision and Eye Health
The Economic Burden of Vision Loss
and Eye Disorders in the United States
|The majority of the costs for vision problems are incurred for people age 65 and older. Government pays approximately 34% of total costs ($47.4 billion). Among those aged 65 and older, government accounts for nearly half of the total burden due to an increase in medical and long-term care expenditures by government for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in this age group.
Blindness is often preventable
What the federal government does to prevent vision loss
As part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute’s mission is to “conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.”
The federal government spends little on prevention of vision problems
…which leads to much more spending down the line:
The Federal Burden of Vision Loss and Eye Disorders – $47,400,000,000.