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Around 711,000 Americans age 80 and older have glaucoma– 7.7% of the 80 and older population.

Friedman, David S., Roger C.W. Wolfs, Benita J. O'Colmain, Barbara E. Klein, Hugh R. Taylor, Sheila West, M. Cristina Leske, Paul Mitchell, Nathan G. Congdon, and John Kempen. Prevalence of Open-Angle Glaucoma Among Adults in the United States. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2004; 122(4): 532-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&uid=15078671&cmd=showdetailview&indexed=google

Reference

Title
Prevalence of Open-Angle Glaucoma Among Adults in the United States
Publication
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Friedman, David S., Roger C.W. Wolfs, Benita J. O'Colmain, Barbara E. Klein, Hugh R. Taylor, Sheila West, M. Cristina Leske, Paul Mitchell, Nathan G. Congdon, and John Kempen
Volume & Issue
Volume 122, Issue 4
Pages
532-8
URL
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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