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Americans 65+ that have severe visual impairment

6.5 million Americans over the age of 65 have severe visual impairment that threatens to limit their mobility, independence, and quality of life.

Reference

Title
Aging and Vision Loss Fact Sheet
Publisher
American Foundation for the Blind
Authors
American Foundation for the Blind
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor
  • Human Burden

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