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Compared to elderly persons without visual impairment, elderly patients with macular degeneration are 8 times more likely to report difficulty shopping, 13 times more likely to have difficulty managing finances, 4 times more likely to have difficulty preparing meals, 12 times more likely to have problems making phone calls, and 9 times more likely to have problems with light housework.

Williams R, Brody B, Thomas R, Caplan R, et al. The Psychosocial Impact of Macular Degeneration. Arch Ophthalmol. 1998; 116(4): 514-20. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/116/4/514

Reference

Title
The Psychosocial Impact of Macular Degeneration
Publication
Arch Ophthalmol
Publication Date
1998
Authors
Williams R, Brody B, Thomas R, Caplan R, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 116, Issue 4
Pages
514-20
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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