Big Data Project
With the prevalence of blindness and vision loss projected to double by 2030 without effective, immediate, and ongoing intervention, monitoring the distribution and impact of blindness and vision loss is critical to creating healthy communities.
Tragically, the most recent local data available on this topic is outdated. It’s time for that to change.
The South Carolina Big Data Project provides county-level data on the rate of blindness and low vision. This report also elucidates the rate of chronic conditions, quality of life, and disability among older people with and without blindness & low vision. The data sets included in the project are the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the American Community Survey (ACS).
Spearheaded by VisionServe Alliance and The Ohio State University College of Optometry, this Big Data Project is the only study providing comprehensive descriptions of people with vision impairment at the county level in South Carolina in one document.
Policymakers and advocates can use the Big Data Project briefings to develop programs to improve the lives and independence of people with vision loss. Report data provides a powerful tool for agency and organizational leadership – and their development and marketing teams – to quantify the state and local need and strengthen their funding outreach via powerful statistics and current, needs-based data.
Phase I of the Big Data Project addresses the population segment of people aged 65 years and older. This report is made possible by Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired SC, Lions Vision Services, South Carolina Commission for the Blind, and The Vision Institute.
Phases II and III will focus on additional segments of the population, with the goal of developing briefings for the entire population of South Carolina that can be used to create sustainable solutions for eyecare in the coming decade. Fundraising is underway to complete these phases in conjunction with VisionServe Alliance’s national effort.
Big Data Project: Phase I
The Big Data Project Phase I report provides county-level data on the rate of blindness and low vision among people aged 65 years and older and elucidates the rate of chronic conditions, quality of life, and disability among older people with and without blindness & low vision. This report is made possible by Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired SC, Lions Vision Services, South Carolina Commission for the Blind, and The Vision Institute.
- Allendale County had the highest prevalence (22.3%).
- Beaufort County had the lowest prevalence (3.8%).
- Most counties with the highest prevalence are historically under-resourced communities along the I-95 corridor.
- The cost of care presented a significantly higher barrier for those with vision impairment.
Watch this South Carolina Big Data Project Webinar, originally presented to the Palmetto Vision Alliance, to learn more about this crucial report and its relevance to our state!
Read all currently available Phase I reports, including South Carolina, at the VisionServe Alliance website at https://visionservealliance.org/reports/.