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Estimated Specific Prevalence Rates for Open-Angle Glaucoma

Prevent Blindness America. Vision Problems in the U.S. 2008: Prevalence of adult vision impairment and age-related eye disease in America. Chicago: IL: Prevent Blindness America; 2008. https://www.preventblindness.org/sites/default/files/national/documents/VPUS_2008_update.pdf

Reference

Title
Vision Problems in the U.S. 2008: Prevalence of adult vision impairment and age-related eye disease in America
Publisher
Prevent Blindness America
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Prevent Blindness America
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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