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Age-Related eye diseases affect more than 35 million Americans age 40 and older. The most common eye diseases in that age group are macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataract.

Eye Disease Prevalence Research Group. Blindness. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2004; 122(4): 437-676. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/122/4/444

Reference

Title
Blindness
Publication
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Eye Disease Prevalence Research Group
Volume & Issue
Volume 122, Issue 4
Pages
437-676
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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