New data from Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute show that the last decade has seen a dramatic rise in vision-impairing eye diseases in the United States.
The research indicates that there was an 89 percent increase in the number of people with diabetic retinopathy between 2000 and 2010. In its worst form, according to WebMd, the illness can impair vision. It is estimated that nearly 8 million Americans over 40 have the disease already.
Additionally, age-related macular degeneration has increased by 25 percent during the same period, with more than 2 million over the age of 50 already affected.
Cataracts and glaucoma have also increased substantially, according to the findings.
The report was released as part of a national summit held this week in Washington, D.C.