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A conversation with leading epidemiologists about the status of vision loss in the seven super-regions of the world.
In this article we speak with Vision Loss Expert (VLEG) members Professor Jost Jonas and Professor Alain Bron about updates on the causes of vision loss in High Income regions.
Article link in The Ophthalmologist.
The decrease in age-related vision impairment and blindness caused by age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is very likely due to the introduction of intravitreal medication against neovascular AMD and makes one hope, that a potentially upcoming intravitreal therapy against dry AMD may lead to an even more marked decrease in age-related vision impairment and blindness caused by AMD.
Due to the ageing of the general population and since the causes of the most common eye diseases are age-related, the number of individuals with vision impairment and blindness will further increase.
Future studies may try to have an even more profound granulation of the meta-analysis, with more detailed data on the individual countries and time points. The limiting factor for such a meta-analysis is the availability of primary population-based studies.
The Global Burden of Disease High Income regions consist of Western Europe, Southern Latin America, North America, Asia Pacific and Australasia.
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