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One-third of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients suffer from clinical depression.

The National Eye Institute (NEI) Responds to the Growing Public Health Problem of Age-Related Eye Disease. www.eyeresearch.org/eye_fact_center.html. Published 2005

Reference

Title
The National Eye Institute (NEI) Responds to the Growing Public Health Problem of Age-Related Eye Disease
Publication Date
Published 2005
Authors
National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR)
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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