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The number of cases of visual impairment and blindness from age-related macular degeneration (AMD0 is projected to increase from 620,000 in 2010 to 1.6 million in 2050–assuming no treatments.

Rein D, Wittenborn J, Zhang X, Honeycutt A, et al. 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 D, Wittenborn J, Zhang X, Honeycutt A, et al
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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