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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in people over the age of 65.

Progress in Eye and Vision Research: 1999-2006. http://www.nei.nih.gov/strategicplanning/NEI_ProgressDoc.pdf. Published 2006

Reference

Title
Progress in Eye and Vision Research: 1999-2006
Publication Date
Published 2006
Authors
National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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