A new study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology shows that rates of macular degeneration have decreased, affecting only 6.5% of the population according to a 2005-2008 survey. This figure is a decrease from the 9.4% prevalence rate that was reported in a similar 1988-1994 study. Researchers state that the change may be in part attributable to shifts in survey methodologies, but they do assert that there are fewer cases of macular degeneration now than there were 20 years ago. Source: http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/129/1/75
Another interesting fact from this study: non-Hispanic blacks are less likely to develop macular degeneration than their non-Hispanic white counterparts. This finding is very different from the disease rates associated with glaucoma, a disease that is 6-8 times more likely to impact blacks than whites.
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