Vision limitations among adults in the U.S. 1997-2016

This statistic shows the percentage of adults with vision limitations in the United States from 1997 to 2016. In 2016, some 10 percent of adults in the United States had such problems.

Percentage of adults with vision limitations in the U.S. from 1997 to 2016

Percentage of adults
201610%
20159%
20148.7%
20138.7%
20128.4%
20118.8%
20109.1%
20098.3%
200810.9%
20079.9%
20069.5%
20059.2%
20048.8%
20038.8%
20029.3%
200110.1%
20009%
19998.8%
19989.4%
199710%
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Release date

September 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

1997 to 2016

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

Respondents were asked, "Do you have any trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses?" Respondents were also asked, "Are you blind or unable to see at all?" In this analysis, any trouble seeing and blind are combined into one category. In 2009, 0.4% of adults 18 years of age and over identified themselves as blind.
Estimates are age-adjusted to the year 2000 standard population using five age groups: 18-44 years, 45-54 years, 55-64 years, 65-74 years, and 75 years and over. Age-adjusted estimates in this table may differ from other age-adjusted estimates based on the same data and presented elsewhere if different age groups are used in the adjustment procedure.
Includes all other races not shown separately and unknown education level.
Values not included in the pdf version of the report were taken from the Health, United States, trend tables.

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