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"We report a previously unrecognized increase of visual impairment among U.S. adults that cannot be attributed to refractive error. If the current finding becomes a persisting trend, it could result in increasing rates of disability in the U.S. population, including greater numbers of patients with end-organ diabetic damage who would require ophthalmic care. These results have important implications for resource allocation in the debate of distribution of limited medical services and funding. Continued monitoring of visual disability and diabetes, as well as additional research addressing causes, prevention, and treatment, is warranted."
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Prevalence of Nonrefractive Visual Impairment in US Adults and Associated Risk Factors, 1999-2002 and 2005-2008
Fang Ko, Susan Vitale, Chiu-Fang Chou, Mary Frances Cotch, Jinan Saaddine, David S. Friedman
JAMA 2012; doi:10.1001/jama.2012.85685
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