Extreme Medical Costs Shadow Visually Impaired Children

#1: vision disorders are the most common disability among children in the U.S.
(National Eye Institute)

500,000: number of children who are blind or visually impaired the U.S.
(2015 ACS)

$15,000: annual out-of-pocket expenses for prescriptions, aids, and devices, leading to a lifetime total of $1.2 million.
(Fears Family Estimate)

6: number of surgeries the typical visually impaired youth endures before 18 years old
(Fears Family Estimate)

$600K – $1M: approximate total of surgery expenses that families are expected to pay out-of-pocket by the time the child is 18 years old.
(Fears Family Estimate)

$250K: out-of-pocket expenses of raising a “healthy” child from birth to 18 years.
(Fears Family Estimate)

0: number of children born with visual impairments or blindness that are covered under a typical health insurance plans because disability is deemed a pre-existing conditions.
(National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health)

100%: the amount families are expected to pay for prescriptions, low vision aids and devices with average insurance coverage in the U.S.