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August 2, 2011

There are about 158,073 New Jerseyans with vision loss, which is defined as being blind or having difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses or corrective lenses, according to the American Foundation for the Blind. Of those that suffer from vision loss in the Garden State, many more are female (93,292) than male (64,781). Only 12,515 are children. About 77,305 people with vision loss in the state are between the ages of 18 and 64. Many types of vision impairment occur with aging, and 48,671 people who suffer from these problems are older than 75.

For those who are beginning to lose their eyesight or who know someone who is, New Jersey's Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers many services, some of which are free. The commission, which is one of the oldest continuing operating agencies of state government, provides screenings, educational services for children, vocational rehabilitation for adults and independent living services for all ages. For more information, visit the Commission's website.

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