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The number of cases of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is projected to increase from 9.1 million in 2010 to 17.8 million in 2050.

Rein, David. B., John S. Wittenborn, Xinzhi Zhang, Amanda A. Honeycutt, Sarah B. Lessene, and Jinan Saadine; for the Vision Health Cost-Effectiveness Study Group. Forecasting Age-Related Macular Degeneration Through the Year 2050. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2009; 127(4): 533-40. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaophthalmology/fullarticle/422785

Reference

Title
Forecasting Age-Related Macular Degeneration Through the Year 2050
Publication
JAMA Ophthalmol
Publication Date
2009
Authors
Rein, David. B., John S. Wittenborn, Xinzhi Zhang, Amanda A. Honeycutt, Sarah B. Lessene, and Jinan Saadine; for the Vision Health Cost-Effectiveness Study Group
Volume & Issue
Volume 127, Issue 4
Pages
533-40
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Future Human Burden

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