Silver Book Fact

An estimated 6.5% of Americans age 40 and older have age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Reference

Title
Prevalence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the U.S. Population
Publication
Arch Ophthalmol
Publication Date
January 2011
Authors
Klein R, Chou C, Klein B, Zhang X
Volume & Issue
Volume 129, Issue 1
Pages
75-80
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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