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An estimated 1,288,275 Americans age 40 and older are blind.

Prevent Blindness America. Vision Problems in the U.S.: Prevalence of adult vision impairment and age-related eye disease in the U.S.. Chicago: IL: Prevent Blindness America; 2012. http://www.visionproblemsus.org/

Reference

Title
Vision Problems in the U.S.: Prevalence of adult vision impairment and age-related eye disease in the U.S.
Publisher
Prevent Blindness America
Publication Date
2012
Authors
Prevent Blindness America
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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