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Prevalence of age-related macular degeneration projected to increase substantially by 2020

and were therefore at a substantial risk of developing AMD.

The researchers report that, "Owing to the rapidly aging population, the number of persons having AMD will increase by 50 percent to 2.95 million in 2020." They also found that AMD was far more prevalent among white people compared to black people.

"This article gives the best available estimate for the magnitude of the problem of AMD in the United States based on a meta-analysis of population-based data," the authors write. "The number of U.S. population affected by AMD is increasing as the population ages. More than one in ten white individuals 80 years and older has advanced AMD. A determined effort to identify effective preventive strategies will be needed if we are to avoid a large increase in the numbers of persons having this condition."


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JAMA and Archives Journals
12-Apr-2004


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