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Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness among age-related eye diseases in Hispanic persons– accounting for 28.6% of cases of blindness.

Congdon N, O'Colmain B, Klaver C, Klein R, et al. Causes and Prevalence of Visual Impairment Among Adults in the United States. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2004; 122(4): 477-85. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15078664/

Reference

Title
Causes and Prevalence of Visual Impairment Among Adults in the United States
Publication
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Congdon N, O'Colmain B, Klaver C, Klein R, et al.
Volume & Issue
Volume 122, Issue 4
Pages
477-85
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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