New Report Finds Vision Loss a Concern for Aging Americans Surveyed, But Majority Unaware Age-Related Macular Degeneration Is a Leading Cause of Blindness
VAUGHAN, Ontario, September 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Bausch + Lomb Corporation (NYSE/TSX: BLCO) (“Bausch + Lomb”), a leading global eye health company dedicated to helping people see better to live better , today released a report on the results of a survey conducted by the company’s first annual Visionary reportwhich was designed to identify key new insights into the value Americans place on their eyesight, as well as the “blind spots” that may exist in understanding and awareness of age-related macular degeneration ( AMD), one of the main causes of vision loss for people over 501 and the leading cause of blindness for the population aged 65 and over2.
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Specifically in the report, 81% of American adults surveyed would be willing to give up something else that is important – going on vacation, a million dollars, the internet, listening to music, the ability to remember names of people or another of their senses – if that meant never losing your sight. Despite this clear prioritization of the ability to see, only 37% of American adults over 50 surveyed know that AMD is a very real threat as the leading cause of vision loss for Americans.
“Today in United Statesapproximately 16 million Americans suffer from AMD, and this figure is expected to increase as the number of people aged 65 and over continues to increase,”3-4 said Joe Gordon, President, Global Consumer, Surgical and Vision Care, Bausch + Lomb. “Bausch + Lomb is committed to meeting the eye health needs of patients, and we believe it is important to better understand how Americans understand this disease and its potentially debilitating impact on their vision. We hope this report will raise awareness, help fill these education gaps and foster an important dialogue between eye care professionals and their patients.”
Main results of 2022 Visionary report to understand:
Sight is a crystal clear priority across generations.
- 62% of Americans over 50 fear losing their sight as they age.
- 81% of Americans would give up any of the following if it meant never losing their sight: going on vacation, a million dollars, the Internet, listening to music, the ability to remember people’s names or another of their senses.
Despite this, AMD, one of the main causes of vision loss, is not the main concern.
- Only 44% of Americans are concerned about developing AMD as they age.
- Impact of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia 11% seniors aged 65 and over and 82% of Americans aged 65 and over are very/fairly familiar with it. On the other hand, AMD impacts 30% of the population aged 65 and over and only 56% people over 65 are aware of this.5
AMD’s true understanding remains unclear.
- 61% of Americans don’t know that a dilation eye exam is necessary to diagnose AMD.
- 58% of Americans over 50 don’t know if AMD progression is inevitable.
- less than half of Americans know that vitamins/supplements can reduce the risk of AMD progression in some patients.
Americans want to see what they missed, learn more, and take action.
- 75% of Americans who see an ophthalmologist/optometrist and have heard of AMD have never discussed it with their provider.
- 77% of this group would be interested in discussing AMD, along with its warning signs and risk factors, with their ophthalmologist.
“The data included in the Bausch + Lomb Visionary report is impactful as a practicing physician as it demonstrates that many of those who are vulnerable to AMD are unaware of the risk and unfortunately do not fully understand AMD and how it can affect their vision,” said Rishi Singh, staff physician, Cleveland Clinic Florida, and president, Cleveland Clinic Martin North and South Hospitals. “It is clear that the majority of Americans who have seen an eye doctor want to discuss the disease, warning signs and risk factors, and this is information that my colleagues and I can use to help patients feel confident and in control of their eye health.
To read the 2022 Visionary Report, visit https://www.sightmatters.com/visionary-report.
About the methodology behind the Visionary report
The Visionary report was conducted online in United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Bausch + Lomb of April 14-18, 2022 among 2,073 respondents, aged 18 and over. The sampling precision of Harris online polls is measured using a Bayesian credibility interval. For this study, the sample data is accurate to within +2.8 percentage points using a 95% confidence level.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive eye condition that affects central vision and is a leading cause of blindness in adults aged 50 and over. The eye disease affects central vision and occurs when the macula – the part of the eye that controls sharp direct vision – is damaged over time, making people having difficulty seeing faces, reading, driving or doing close work such as cooking.3 Early-stage AMD often has no symptoms or changes in vision, as symptoms usually appear gradually over time. This progressive condition can affect one or both eyes.3
About Bausch + Lomb
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- Source: Prevent Blindness: Age-Related Macular Degeneration Fact Sheet: https://preventblindness.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/PBAMD_Fact-Sheet21.pdf.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/resources/features/macular-degeneration.html#:~:text=AMD%20is%20a%20major%20cause,vision%20needed%20to%20see%20clearly. Accessed June 8, 2022.
- National Eye Institute website. Retrieved from https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/eye-conditions-and-diseases/age-related-macular-degeneration. Accessed June 8, 2022.
- United States Census Bureau, population projections. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2018/cb18-41-population-projections.html. Accessed June 8, 2022.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, State/County Chronic Condition Prevalence Table: All Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries.
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