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

McCarty, Catherine A., Mukesh B. Nanjan, and Hugh R. Taylor. 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, Catherine A., Mukesh B. Nanjan, and Hugh R. Taylor
Pages
322-6
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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