Vision Impairment

Definition: Percent of adults who reported they have been told by a doctor, nurse or other health professional that they have vision impairment in 1 or both eyes, even when wearing glasses.

Vision is an essential part of everyday life, influencing how Americans of all ages learn, communicate, work, play, and interact with the world. Yet millions of Americans live with visual impairment, and many more remain at risk for eye disease and preventable eye injury.

Where We Are
In 2011, 13.8% of adults in Douglas County reported having a vision impairment. The percent in Douglas County was lower than the State of Kansas and U.S. in 2011.

Health Disparities
Among adults in Douglas County in 2011:
  • Women were more likely to have vision impairments compared to men.
  • The percent of those with vision impairments increased with age.
Healthy People 2020 Goal
Not available.

Additional Information
The eyes are an important, but often overlooked, part of overall health. Despite the preventable nature of some vision impairments, many people do not receive recommended screenings and exams. A visit to an eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam can help to detect common vision problems and eye diseases, including:
  • Cataract and age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma

Helpful Downloads

Vision Trend Analysis
Vision Disparity Analysis