Using a life-table analysis, visual acuity loss with age was determined for a population of 106 patients with type 1 (N = 35) and type 2 (N = 71) Usher's syndrome. The cumulative percentage of patients maintaining visual acuity of 6/12 (20/40) or better in at least one eye by age 29 years was 69% for type 1 patients and 94% for type 2 patients. The cumulative percentage maintaining visual acuity of 6/24 (20/80) or better at this age was 89% for type 1 and 98% for type 2 patients. Within each subtype, the cumulative percentage maintaining 6/60 (20/200) or better was similar to the percentage maintaining 6/24 (20/80) or better. Knowledge of these data provides an objective basis for counseling patients with Usher's syndrome about their probability of developing loss of central visual acuity with age.