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Blindness due to glaucoma

Three out of four Americans that are legally blind due to glaucoma are over 65.

Reference

Title
How Are Glaucoma Patients Identified?
Publication
J Glaucoma
Publication Date
2003
Authors
Quigley H, Jampel H
Volume & Issue
Volume 12, Issue 6
Pages
451-55
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor
  • Human Burden

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