The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in every four Americans will suffer from night blindness for life, and the cost could reach $50 billion annually.
And that number is only a fraction of the estimated cost of the condition, which will only get worse as more people become blind or partially blind due to the damage caused by the aging of the retina.
The CDC’s newest estimate for the condition says that more than 2.4 million Americans suffer from it, with about 5 million of them dying from it.
That’s more than double the 4.6 million Americans who died of other causes of blindness in 2015.
“The number of people in the U.S. dying of night blindness each year is approaching the 4 million figure, which is a significant increase from the 3.9 million deaths in 2014,” Dr. Brian Kahl, director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said in a statement.
“It’s no wonder, then, that we’re hearing increasing calls from lawmakers and experts for the government to increase the resources dedicated to helping Americans suffering from this disabling condition.”
The National Institutes of Health estimates that 1.4 to 2.8 million Americans will die of night vision disorders in the next 20 years.
That number is expected to climb as more patients are diagnosed and treated.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Vision, the number of Americans with night blindness has grown from about 0.4 percent of the population in 2000 to about 1.3 percent in 2016.
That’s about 5.7 million Americans with the condition.
The new estimate shows that about 6 million Americans have night blindness in total, with the majority of them in states that are at higher risk for the disease.
The American Medical Association has called for the federal government to spend $20 billion annually to combat night blindness, but lawmakers have yet to act on the idea.
Some Republicans have called for an expansion of the government’s emergency funds for people with vision loss.
But in a recent letter to the Congressional Budget Office, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said that a lack of funding would be a “disaster” for the U!
economy, and called on the administration to “find a way to fund the additional cost of night blinds without putting taxpayers at risk.”
The new report by the CDC estimates that about 2.5 million Americans are living with the disease, and that 1 in five Americans will eventually die of it.
In addition, about a third of the country is still at risk for developing the condition in the future, and about 7 million Americans were born blind or have other visual impairment.
The remaining 1.2 million Americans may have the condition but aren’t fully blind yet.