Silver Book Fact

One study reported emotional distress scores in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients comparable to scores of individuals with serious illnesses such as melanoma and HIV.

Mitchell, Jan, and Clare Bradley. Quality of Life in Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A review of the literature. University of London; 2006. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1780057

Reference

Title
Quality of Life in Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A review of the literature
Publisher
University of London
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Mitchell, Jan, and Clare Bradley
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

Related Facts

  • A study of Medicare beneficiaries with glaucoma showed that health care costs increased with degree of vision loss–ranging from $8,157 per year for no vision loss to $18,670 for blindness.  
  • Over a 1-year period, 54% of individuals with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) reported a fall and 30% reported more than one.  Of all reported falls, 63% resulted in an injury.  
  • An estimated 1,288,275 Americans age 40 and older are blind.  
  • In 2001, an estimated 1.4 million age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients visited physicians or hospitals for treatment of their disease.  
  • The annual burden to the U.S. economy of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, refractive errors, visual impairment, and blindness in adults age 40 and older is estimated…