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Health Agencies Update
April 17, 2002

Blindness Increasing in Aging

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JAMA. 2002;287(15):1930. doi:10.1001/jama.287.15.1930-JHA20004-3-1

As baby boomers age toward retirement, many will lose their eyesight to diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and glaucoma, warns the National Eye Institute, Bethesda, Md. The institute's new report, Vision Problems in the U.S., coproduced with the volunteer group Prevent Blindness America, estimates that the number of blind and visually impaired adults aged 40 years and older will double in the next 30 years. Today more than 1 million middle-aged and older adults are blind and 2.4 million are visually impaired.

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