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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, Paul P., Zachary W. Feldman, Jan Ostermann, Derek S. Brown, and Frank A. Sloan. 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, Paul P., Zachary W. Feldman, Jan Ostermann, Derek S. Brown, and Frank A. Sloan
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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