Updated on  September 23, 2023
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Vision Statistics in New Jersey

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Looking at vision health as one ages is important in New Jersey. In 2018, a higher percentage of people aged 65 and older in New Jersey experienced blindness or difficulty seeing compared to those aged 40-64. 

Certain risk factors increase the likelihood of vision problems, affecting one's vision health. These risk factors include:

  • a family history of eye issues 
  • diabetes
  • alcoholism 

Can all affect your vision health. 

The percentage of people in New Jersey that were blind or had difficulty seeing in 2018 was almost double for those with diabetes, indicating that having diabetes increases your risk of vision problems by approximately 5%.3 

Smoking also has effects on vision health. It increases the risk of vision problems. 

The percentage of people in New Jersey who smoked tobacco and had difficulty seeing in 2018 was slightly lower than the overall percentage of people who had difficulty seeing, suggesting that smoking may slightly increase the risk of vision problems in that state.3

Difficulty Seeing or Blindness Statistics for New Jersey

Here are some important statistics regarding difficulty seeing and blindness:2

  • In 2018, New Jersey had 4.65% of the population reporting as blind or having difficulty seeing even with glasses
  • This number was 1.6% for those aged 18 to 39
  • The age range of 40-64 reported this number as 5.19%
  • Those older than 65 reported a number of 8.56%

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 New Jersey seeing even with corrective lenses as 9.54%
  • For those who smoke in New Jersey, the percentage was 4.05

Children's Vision Health Statistics for New Jersey

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 New Jersey:4

  • In New Jersey, 73.89% have ever had their vision tested in 2017
  • In 2017, 2.01% 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.

Updated on  September 23, 2023
7 sources cited
Updated on  September 23, 2023
  1. "National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) – Vision and Eye Health Surveillance." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021.

  2. "BRFSS Vision Module Data – Vision & Eye Health." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021.

  3. "Behavioral Risk Factors – Vision and Eye Health Surveillance." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021.

  4. "National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) – Vision and Eye Health Surveillance." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021.

  5. Cordeiro et al. "Physiological changes in vision during aging: perceptions of older adults and healthcare providers." Invest Educ Enferm, 2021.

  6. "Blindness and vision impairment." World Health Organization, 2021.

  7. “Aging and Your Eyes.” National Institute on Aging.

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