Vision & Independence
Visual impairment has been identified as one of the foremost contributors to lost independence among older Americans
(Alliance for Aging Research)
Loss of independence is costly
In seniors, visual impairment affects the ability to function independently and perform activities of daily living: reading, driving, cooking, watching television, and interacting with loved ones. Reduced vision in seniors has been shown to result in social isolation, increased risk of falls, hip fractures, depression, family stress, and a greater tendency towards disability and premature death.
Beyond the incalculable cost on a personal & familial level, loss of independence costs an additional $26 billion per year in related healthcare expense