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Cataracts removal over age 85

One in 2 Americans aged 85 years or older stated that their cataracts have been removed.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The State of Vision, Aging, and Public Health in America. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/pdf/vision_brief.pdf

Reference

Title
The State of Vision, Aging, and Public Health in America
Publisher
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Publication Date
2011
Authors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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