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An estimated 4.1 million Americans age 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy.

Kempen JH, O'Colmain BJ, Leske MC, et al. The Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy Among Adults in the United States. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2004; 122(4): 552-63. http://archopht.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=416212

Reference

Title
The Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy Among Adults in the United States
Publication
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Kempen JH, O'Colmain BJ, Leske MC, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 122, Issue 4
Pages
552-63
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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