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Adults aged 65 years or older are twice to three times more likely to have vision loss compared to 18 to 44 year olds.

National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 2011; 2012. www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm

Reference

Title
National Health Interview Survey, 2011
Publication Date
2012
Authors
National Center for Health Statistics
URL
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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