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Even mild visual impairment more than doubles the risk of mortality over a 5-year period.

McCarty C, Nanjan M, Taylor H. Vision Impairment Predicts 5 Year Mortality. British Journal of Ophthalmology. 2001; 85: 322-6. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1723877

Reference

Title
Vision Impairment Predicts 5 Year Mortality
Publication
British Journal of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2001
Authors
McCarty C, Nanjan M, Taylor H
Pages
322-6
URL
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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