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Total Annual Economic Impact of Vision Problems in the U.S.

The Economic Impact of Vision Problems: The toll of major adult eye disorders, visual impairment and blindness on the U.S. economy. http://www.preventblindness.net/site/DocServer/Impact_of_Vision_Problems.pdf?docID=1321. Published 2007

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  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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