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Approximately 120,000 people have gone blind because of glaucoma– 9-12% of all cases of blindness in the U.S.

Reference

Title
Glaucoma Facts and Stats
Authors
Glaucoma Research Foundation
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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