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Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy by Age, in the US

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Vision Problems in the U.S.: Prevalence of adult vision impairment and age-related eye disease in America 5th Edition. Chicago: IL: Prevent Blindness America; 2012. Accessed May 17, 2016


  • Cost of Disease
  • Age - A Major Risk Factor

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