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Of the 8 million older Americans at high risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD), 1.3 million will develop advanced AMD within 5 years. However, the NEI-sponsored Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) nutritional formula could help 300,000 of those 1.3 million avoid the severe vision loss of advanced AMD over a 5-year period.

Bressler N, Bressler S, Congdon N, Ferris F, et al. Potential Public Health Impact of Age-Related Eye Disease Study Results: AREDS report no. 11. Arch Opthalmol. 2003; 121(11): 1621-4. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaophthalmology/fullarticle/415852

Reference

Title
Potential Public Health Impact of Age-Related Eye Disease Study Results: AREDS report no. 11
Publication
Arch Opthalmol
Publication Date
2003
Authors
Bressler N, Bressler S, Congdon N, Ferris F, et al.
Volume & Issue
Volume 121, Issue 11
Pages
1621-4
URL
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