Looking at vision health as one ages is important in Arkansas. In 2018, the percentage of people in Arkansas aged 40-64 who were blind or had difficulty seeing was 8.44, while the percentage for those aged 65+ was slightly higher at 8.75.
Certain risk factors increase the likelihood of vision problems, affecting one's vision health. These risk factors include:
- a family history of eye issues
Can all affect your vision health.
In Arkansas in 2018, the percentage of people who were blind or had difficulty seeing was higher among those with diabetes (12.1%) compared to the overall population (6.98%), indicating that having diabetes increases the risk of vision problems in that state by approximately 5 percentage points.3
Smoking also has effects on vision health. It increases the risk of vision problems.
In Arkansas in 2018, the percentage of people who were blind or had difficulty seeing was higher among those who smoked tobacco (9.94%) compared to the overall population (6.98%), indicating that smoking increases the risk of vision problems by approximately 3%.3
Difficulty Seeing or Blindness Statistics for Arkansas
Here are some important statistics regarding difficulty seeing and blindness:2
- In 2018, Arkansas had 6.98% of the population reporting as blind or having difficulty seeing even with glasses
- This number was 4.25% for those aged 18 to 39
- The age range of 40-64 reported this number as 8.44%
- Those older than 65 reported a number of 8.75%
Age-Related Vision Issues
Common vision issues that increase with age are:4,7
- Glaucoma is an eye condition that leads to optic nerve damage and vision loss.
- Cataracts are cloudy patches in the eye's lens that cause blurry or dim vision.
- Age-related macular degeneration is an eye condition that affects the macula. It causes central vision loss.
- Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the retina. It can cause blurred vision or even blindness.
- Refractive errors include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. These errors cause blurred vision.
How Risk Factors Other Than Age Affect Vision
Sometimes, other factors other than age affect your vision. For instance:3
- In 2018, the number of people with diabetes reported blind or difficulty in Arkansas seeing even with corrective lenses as 12.1%
- For those who smoke in Arkansas, the percentage was 9.94
Children's Vision Health Statistics for Arkansas
Vision health while young can significantly impact a person's overall quality of life when they are older. Poor vision health in youth can lead to serious vision problems and even blindness later in life.
Here are some statistics on children's vision health in Arkansas:4
- In Arkansas, 66.71% have ever had their vision tested in 2017
- In 2017, 1.83% of children under 18 were blind or had problems seeing even with glasses
- In the United States in 2017, 24.46% of children who needed vision care in the preceding 12 months didn?t receive it.
Children, teens, and adults must take preventative measures to protect their vision and maintain clear eyesight.
Preventative Measures for Optimal Vision Health
Here are some ways to keep your vision healthy as you age:7
- Get regular eye exams. Regular eye exams can help detect vision problems early on.
- Wear UV-blocking sunglasses. Sun exposure can damage the eyes. Make sure to wear sunglasses with UV protection when outside.
- Eat a healthy diet. Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids can help protect your eyes.
- Quit smoking. If you're a smoker, quitting can help reduce your risk of developing age-related vision problems.
- Take breaks when using digital devices. Staring at screens for too long can strain your eyes. Take breaks every 20 minutes or so.
Your vision health is important, no matter how old you are. Certain risk factors can increase your chance of vision problems even more, such as smoking and diabetes.
The statistics above show the importance of caring for your vision health and getting regular eye exams. As you age, getting regular vision exams and taking preventive measures to protect your vision is very important.
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