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The number of Americans age 65 and older with diabetic retinopathy is projected to close to quadruple between 2005 and 2050–increasing from 2.5 million to 9.9 million.  The number of people age 65 and older with vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy is projected to grow from 0.5 million in 2005 to 1.9 million in 2050.

Saaddine, Jinana B., Amanda A. Honeycutt, K.M. Venkat Narayan, Xinzhi Zhang, Ron Klein, and James P. Boyle. Projection of Diabetic Retinopathy and Other Major Eye Diseases Among People with Diabetes Mellitus: United States 2005-2050. Arch Ophthalmol. 2008; 126(12): 170-7. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/126/12/1740.pdf

Reference

Title
Projection of Diabetic Retinopathy and Other Major Eye Diseases Among People with Diabetes Mellitus: United States 2005-2050
Publication
Arch Ophthalmol
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Saaddine, Jinana B., Amanda A. Honeycutt, K.M. Venkat Narayan, Xinzhi Zhang, Ron Klein, and James P. Boyle
Volume & Issue
Volume 126, Issue 12
Pages
170-7
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Future Human Burden

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