Age-Related Vision Loss On Rise

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  1. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    As the baby boomers age, the numbers of people suffering vision loss will be staggering.

    "African-Americans have much higher rate of glaucoma, and it occurs at younger age. So, in terms of screening, it's important for African-Americans to be seen at age 40," Miller said.

    By the year 2020, it's estimated that:

    Almost 3 million people will have age related macular degeneration.

    Even more will suffer glaucoma.

    The number of people with diabetic retinopathy will almost double to more than 7 million.

    Thirty million people will have cataracts -- a 50 percent jump from today.

    The hope is state and local agencies will use the new numbers to devise a future for programs that emphasize early treatment and detection.

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