Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
38.0 per 1,000 children and adolescents (2018)

30.4 per 1,000

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

38.0 per 1,000 children and adolescents aged 17 years and under were blind or visually impaired in 2018

Reduce blindness and visual impairment in children and adolescents

Target-Setting Method
Percent improvement


Many children and adolescents have vision loss or other vision problems. If untreated, these problems can make it harder for children to learn, work, and do daily activities for the rest of their lives. Strategies like providing vision screenings, making sure children who need prescription glasses wear them, and encouraging children to wear eye protection during recreational activities may help reduce blindness and vision loss.

Workgroup: Vision Workgroup