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Among those 65 and over, 18% are affected by vision trouble; 15 % of men and 19% of women.  Among those 85 and over, 28% report having trouble seeing.

Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being. Washington, DC: US Government Priting Office; 2010. http://www.agingstats.gov/agingstatsdotnet/main_site/default.aspx

Reference

Title
Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being
Publisher
US Government Priting Office
Publication Date
2010
Authors
Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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