Silver Book Fact

Every 7 minutes, someone in the United States becomes blind or visually impaired.

Reference

Title
Statistical Snapshots
Authors
American Foundation for the Blind
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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