Prevent Blindness America is out with some rather startling results of a recent study on the financial cost of eye disease and blindness in America. The cost? 139-billion-dollars a year. That's staggering.
PBA says, "In an era when health coverage and costs are at the forefront of public debate and concern, it is vital to understand the magnitude of the economic burden of disease. This is especially true for eye disorders and vision loss, as these conditions often lead to chronic life long direct and indirect costs which are likely to continue to increase with an aging population and quickly growing healthcare expenses."
A breakdown of states allows us to view Florida. The direct costs are over 4.6-billion-dollars and the indirect costs over 5 billion.
Here's how they broke down the 139-billion-dollars across the country. 48.4-billion in lost productivity, 65-billion in medical costs, 20.2-billion in long term care, and 5.2-billion in other direct and indirect costs.
As for which disorders are taking the biggest toll, refractive errors led the way, followed by cataracts, vision problems, retinal disorders, physical disorders, glaucoma and other disorders.
We're often taught to change our lifestyle to protect our hearts and other body parts. Maybe we should start thinking about regular eye exams at a certain age.
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