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It is estimated that those aged 50 years or older with macular degeneration will double– 9 million to 18 million– by 2050.

Saaddine J, Honeycutt A, Narayan V, Zhang X, et al. Projection of Diabetic Retinopathy and Other Major Eye Diseases Among People with Diabetes Mellitus: United States 2005-2050. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008; 126(12): 170-7. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/126/12/1740.pdf

Reference

Title
Projection of Diabetic Retinopathy and Other Major Eye Diseases Among People with Diabetes Mellitus: United States 2005-2050
Publication
Arch Ophthalmol
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Saaddine J, Honeycutt A, Narayan V, Zhang X, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 126, Issue 12
Pages
170-7
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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