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An estimated 1.75 million Americans currently have age-related macular degeneration (AMD). That number is expected to grow to 2.95 million by 2020. * Note that an additional 7.3 million currently at substantial risk for AMD are not included in these projections.

Friedman D, O'Colmain B, Munoz B, Toma S. Prevalence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the United States. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2004; 122(4): 564-72. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&uid=15078675&cmd=showdetailview&indexed=google

Reference

Title
Prevalence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the United States
Publication
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Friedman D, O'Colmain B, Munoz B, Toma S
Volume & Issue
Volume 122, Issue 4
Pages
564-72
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Future Human Burden

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