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For assistance getting around, more than 100,000 visually impaired Americans use long canes, and more than 7,000 use guide dogs.

Facts and Figures on Adults with Vision Loss. http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=15& TopicID=413&DocumentID=4900

Reference

Title
Facts and Figures on Adults with Vision Loss
Publisher
American Foundation for the Blind
Authors
American Foundation for the Blind
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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