Cataract is by far the most common eye disease identified by Vision Problems in the U.S., with 24.4 million cases in 2010. We estimate that the number of cases totals nearly 25.7 million in 2014. The number will increase by 50% to 38.5 million by 2032 and by 78% to 45.6 million by the year 2050.
Cataracts will see a large increase in prevalence among patients aged 70-79 immediately, with a corresponding increase among those aged 80-89 beginning in about 10 years as baby-boomers begin to age into these groups. This change will then be followed by an increase in those aged 90 and older beginning in the 2030’s.
The majority of cataract patients are women, and this trend will continue. Whites will continue to make up the large majority of cataract patients, but this population will level off and slightly decrease by the 2040’s. Hispanics will exhibit the fastest rate of growth in cataract cases.