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It is estimated that those aged 50 years or older with macular degeneration will double– 9 million to 18 million– by 2050.

Saaddine, Jinana B., Amanda A. Honeycutt, K.M. Venkat Narayan, Xinzhi Zhang, Ron Klein, and James P. Boyle. Projection of Diabetic Retinopathy and Other Major Eye Diseases Among People with Diabetes Mellitus: United States 2005-2050. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008; 126(12): 170-7. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/126/12/1740.pdf

Reference

Title
Projection of Diabetic Retinopathy and Other Major Eye Diseases Among People with Diabetes Mellitus: United States 2005-2050
Publication
Arch Ophthalmol
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Saaddine, Jinana B., Amanda A. Honeycutt, K.M. Venkat Narayan, Xinzhi Zhang, Ron Klein, and James P. Boyle
Volume & Issue
Volume 126, Issue 12
Pages
170-7
URL
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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