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Over a 1-year period, 54% of individuals with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) reported a fall and 30% reported more than one.  Of all reported falls, 63% resulted in an injury.

Wood, Joanne M, Phillippe Lacherez, Alex A Black, Michael H Cole, Mei Ying Boon, and Graham K Kerr. Risk of Falls, Injurious Falls, and Other Injuries Resulting from Visual Impairment among Older Adults with Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011; 52(8): 5088-92. http://iovs.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2187178

Reference

Title
Risk of Falls, Injurious Falls, and Other Injuries Resulting from Visual Impairment among Older Adults with Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Publication
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci
Publication Date
2011
Authors
Wood, Joanne M, Phillippe Lacherez, Alex A Black, Michael H Cole, Mei Ying Boon, and Graham K Kerr
Volume & Issue
Volume 52, Issue 8
Pages
5088-92
URL
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  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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