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An estimated 1 million Americans over the age of 40 are legally blind.

Congdon NG, O'Colmain BJ, Klaver CC, et al. Causes and Prevalence of Visual Impairment Among Adults in the United States. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2004; 122(4): 477-85. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=15078664

Reference

Title
Causes and Prevalence of Visual Impairment Among Adults in the United States
Publication
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Congdon NG, O'Colmain BJ, Klaver CC, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 122, Issue 4
Pages
477-85
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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