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Report finds high prevalence of visual impairment in elderly individuals
Report finds high prevalence of visual impairment in elderly individuals

(March 5, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Wisconsin - A new report published in Ophthalmology finds a high incidence of visual impairment in elderly individuals. Researchers studied nearly 5,000 people ages 43-86 who were taking part in the Beaver Dam Eye Study. Participants underwent baseline visual examinations from 1988-1990, and had follow-up exams in 5 year intervals. Results showed a 15% incidence of visual impairment among individuals 85 and older. As well, the study found that age-related macular degeneration remained the leading cause of visual impairment throughout the 20 year study.

 
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