The number of those who say they cannot afford eyeglasses has also grown, according to a new study.
Between 2002 and 2017, the number of people at high risk for vision loss – seniors, people with diabetes and those with eye disorders – rose from 65 million to 93 million. According to a report in JAMA Ophthalmology, 40% of adults said they hadn’t been getting yearly eye exams.
And nearly one in 10 also said they couldn’t afford eyeglasses.
One major factor leading to vision loss in seniors is high blood sugar.
While seniors are covered by Medicare, the original version doesn’t cover regular eye exams unless the patient has diabetes or is at high risk for glaucoma.