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Around 824,000 Americans age 74 and older have diabetic retinopathy– 5% of the 74 and older population.

Kempen, John H., Benita J. O'Colmain, M. Cristina Leske, Steven M. Haffner, Ronald Klein, Scott E. Moss, Hugh R. Taylor, and Richard F. Hamman. The Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy Among Adults in the United States. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2004; 122(4): 552-63. http://archopht.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=416212

Reference

Title
The Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy Among Adults in the United States
Publication
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Kempen, John H., Benita J. O'Colmain, M. Cristina Leske, Steven M. Haffner, Ronald Klein, Scott E. Moss, Hugh R. Taylor, and Richard F. Hamman
Volume & Issue
Volume 122, Issue 4
Pages
552-63
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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