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More than 1.5 million Americans age 80 and older have low vision– 16.7% of the 80 and older population.

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
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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