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Longitudinal study on vision loss in Medicare patients

A longitudinal study that followed Medicare patients found that after 9 years, almost 50% of survivors had developed glaucoma, cataract, or macular degeneration.

Lee P, Feldman Z, Ostermann J, Brown D, et al. Longitudinal Prevalence of Major Eye Diseases. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2003; 121(9): 1303-10. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/121/9/1303?etoc

Reference

Title
Longitudinal Prevalence of Major Eye Diseases
Publication
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2003
Authors
Lee P, Feldman Z, Ostermann J, Brown D, et al.
Volume & Issue
Volume 121, Issue 9
Pages
1303-10
URL
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Categories

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

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