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In 2015, an estimated 1 million Americans were legally blind.

Varma R, Vajaranat T, Burkemper B, Wu S, et al. Visual Impairment and Blindness in Adults in the United States: Demographic and geographic variations from 2015 to 2050. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016; doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.1284. http://archopht.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2523780

Reference

Title
Visual Impairment and Blindness in Adults in the United States: Demographic and geographic variations from 2015 to 2050
Publication
JAMA Ophthalmol
Publication Date
2016
Authors
Varma R, Vajaranat T, Burkemper B, Wu S, et al.
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