V-5.4 Reduce visual impairment due to cataract

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)
110.0 (2008)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of persons aged 65 years and older who report they have lost any vision because of cataracts and were also told they had cataracts

Number of persons aged 65 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 cataracts?

  1. Yes
  2. No

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

  1. Yes
  2. No
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: 65-74, 75+
  • Sex: 65-74, 75+
  • Race/Ethnicity: 65-74, 75+
  • Educational Attainment: 65-74, 75+
  • Family Income: 65-74, 75+
  • Family Type: 65-74, 75+
  • Country of Birth: 65-74, 75+
  • Disability Status: 65-74, 75+
  • Geographic Location: 65-74, 75+
  • Marital Status: 65-74, 75+
Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

The baseline has been revised from 109.6 to 110.0 and the target has been proportionally adjusted due to data source methodology changes.

Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020
This objective differs from Healthy People 2010 objective 28-07 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 28-07. Therefore the data for the Healthy People 2010 and 2020 objectives are not comparable.