Silver Book Fact

Of Medicare beneficiaries who were blind from glaucoma, 25.3% were placed in nursing homes, 17% had incident depression, 15.5% experienced a fall and/or an accident, 16.9% suffered an injury, and 7% fractured a femur.

Bramely T, Peeples P, Walt J, Juhasz M, et al. Impact of Vision Loss on Costs and Outcomes in Medicare Beneficiaries with Glaucoma. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008; 126(6): 846-56. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/126/6/849.pdf

Reference

Title
Impact of Vision Loss on Costs and Outcomes in Medicare Beneficiaries with Glaucoma
Publication
Arch Ophthalmol
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Bramely T, Peeples P, Walt J, Juhasz M, et al.
Volume & Issue
Volume 126, Issue 6
Pages
846-56
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Prevalence & Incidence

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