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AMD expected to affect 77 million Europeans by 2050

New research has estimated the impact of the degenerative eye condition

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A new study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology has predicted that 77 million Europeans will be living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by 2050, including 12 million people with advanced AMD.

In 2015, there were 67 million people in Europe with AMD.

The research involved pooling data from 22 prevalence studies involving 55,323 people between the ages of 60 and 81.

It is estimated that by 2050 one in four older adults in the European Union will have AMD.

The number of new advanced cases of AMD is expected to increase from 400,000 per year in 2015 to 700,000 per year in 2050, with the highest number of new presentations found in Germany.

The authors emphasised: “Monitoring and treatment of people with advanced disease stages will require additional healthcare resources and thorough healthcare planning in the years and decades to come.”

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