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V-5.3 Data Details

V-5.3 Reduce visual impairment due to glaucoma

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
per 1,000 (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year)
13.9 (2008)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of persons aged 45 years and over with glaucoma, who have lost vision because of glaucoma.
Number of persons aged 45 years and over.
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey:


Have you lost any vision because of glaucoma?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know

Have you ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that you had glaucoma?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Persons who responded “yes” to the two Numerator questions met the (self-reporting) criteria for this objective.

Age Adjustment

This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:

  • Total: 45-49, 50-64, 65+
  • Sex: 45-49, 50-64, 65+
  • Race/Ethnicity: 45-49, 50-64, 65+
  • Educational Attainment: 45-49, 50-64, 65+
  • Family Income: 45-49, 50-64, 65+
  • Family Type: 45-49, 50-64, 65+
  • Country of Birth: 45-49, 50-64, 65+
  • Disability Status: 45-49, 50-64, 65+
  • Geographic Location: 45-49, 50-64, 65+
  • Health Insurance Status: 45-49, 50-64
  • Marital Status: 45-49, 50-64, 65+
Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020
This objective differs from Healthy People 2010 objective 28-06 in that the numerator for this objective includes a new question about the cause of visual impairment that was not available for measuring progress toward objective 28-06. Therefore the data for the Healthy People 2010 and 2020 objectives are not comparable.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

In 2012, the original baseline was revised from 13.7 to 13.9 per 1,000 due to data source methodology changes in sample adult weights. The target was adjusted from 12.3 to 12.5 per 1,000 to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.