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More than 38 million Americans age 40 and older are estimated to experience blindness, low vision, or an age-related eye disease.

Eye Disease Prevalence Research Group. Blindness. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2004; 122(4): 437-676. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/122/4/444

Reference

Title
Blindness
Publication
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Eye Disease Prevalence Research Group
Volume & Issue
Volume 122, Issue 4
Pages
437-676
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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