Vision Problems in the U.S. estimated the population with glaucoma to be 2.7 million in 2010. This number is estimated to be 2.86 million in 2014, and will increase by nearly 50% to 4.3 million by 2032 and by more than 90% to 5.5 million by 2050.
The largest age group of glaucoma patients at present is the age 40-59 group. By 2018, the largest age group of glaucoma patients will be 70-79. The largest age group will be 80-89 after 2032. Currently, 64% of glaucoma patients are white and 20% are black. By 2050, most glaucoma patients will be non-white, due primarily to the rapid increase in Hispanic glaucoma patients. By 2050, blacks and Hispanics will each constitute about 20% of all glaucoma patients.