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Glaucoma is responsible for 3 out of every 4 cases of visual impairment in the U.S.

Friedman, David S., Roger C.W. Wolfs, Benita J. O'Colmain, Barbara E. Klein, Hugh R. Taylor, Sheila West, M. Cristina Leske, Paul Mitchell, Nathan G. Congdon, and John Kempen. Prevalence of Open-Angle Glaucoma Among Adults in the United States. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2004; 122(4): 532-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed&uid=15078671&cmd=showdetailview&indexed=google

Reference

Title
Prevalence of Open-Angle Glaucoma Among Adults in the United States
Publication
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Friedman, David S., Roger C.W. Wolfs, Benita J. O'Colmain, Barbara E. Klein, Hugh R. Taylor, Sheila West, M. Cristina Leske, Paul Mitchell, Nathan G. Congdon, and John Kempen
Volume & Issue
Volume 122, Issue 4
Pages
532-8
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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  • By 2020, the number of Americans age 40 and older who are blind is projected to reach 1.6 million– growing 70% from 1 million in 2004.  
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