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Based on estimates from 1997 data, around 115,583 visually impaired and 74,133 blind individuals who did not work, would have worked if they had been fully sighted.

Rein D, Zhang P, Wirth K, Lee P, et al. The Economic Burden of Major Adult Visual Disorders in the United States. Arch Opthalmol. 2006; 124(12): 1754-60. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/124/12/1754

Reference

Title
The Economic Burden of Major Adult Visual Disorders in the United States
Publication
Arch Opthalmol
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Rein D, Zhang P, Wirth K, Lee P, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 124, Issue 12
Pages
1754-60
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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