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The number of cases of visual impairment and blindness from age-related macular degeneration (AMD0 is projected to increase from 620,000 in 2010 to 1.6 million in 2050–assuming no treatments.

Rein, David. B., John S. Wittenborn, Xinzhi Zhang, Amanda A. Honeycutt, Sarah B. Lessene, and Jinan Saadine; for the Vision Health Cost-Effectiveness Study Group. Forecasting Age-Related Macular Degeneration Through the Year 2050. Arch Ophthalmol. 2009; 127(4): 533-40. http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/301/20/2152.extract

Reference

Title
Forecasting Age-Related Macular Degeneration Through the Year 2050
Publication
Arch Ophthalmol
Publication Date
2009
Authors
Rein, David. B., John S. Wittenborn, Xinzhi Zhang, Amanda A. Honeycutt, Sarah B. Lessene, and Jinan Saadine; for the Vision Health Cost-Effectiveness Study Group
Volume & Issue
Volume 127, Issue 4
Pages
533-40
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Future Human Burden

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