CDC Launches Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System

According to CDC, an estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at high risk for serious vision loss, and the annual economic impact of major vision problems among Americans older than 40 is more than $145 billion.

CDC has launched the nation's first Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System (VEHSS). Launched in collaboration with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, the system is designed to help health care professionals, researchers, policymakers, and state health departments better understand the scope of vision loss, eye disorders, and eye care services in the United States.

VEHSS leverages new and existing data sources across multiple years; it is intended to grow and improve over time, based on input and the needs of the vision health community. The goals of the system are to:

  • Identify and collect existing sources of information on vision and eye health
  • Create case definitions to analyze data consistently
  • Analyze data to estimate the prevalence of eye disorders and disabilities, the use of eye health services, and health disparities in visual health treatment and outcomes
  • Investigate methods to leverage multiple existing data sources to create new estimates of the prevalence of vision loss and eye disease
  • Disseminate the information developed by the system to key stakeholders and respond to feedback to continually improve the quality and usefulness of the system

Visitors to the site can search for information about eye conditions and diseases at the state and national levels.

According to CDC, an estimated 61 million adults in the United States are at high risk for serious vision loss, and the annual economic impact of major vision problems among Americans older than 40 is more than $145 billion.

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