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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

AMD Defined

AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. It destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision needed for seeing objects clearly. Prevalence estimates are on late AMD, involving neovascular AMD and geographic atrophy.

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2010 U.S. Age-Specific Prevalence Rates for AMD by Age and Race/Ethnicity

2010 U.S. age-specific prevalence rates for AMD by age, gender, and race/ethnicity

Age White Black Hispanic Other All
50-54 0.27% 0.56% 0.55% 0.56% 0.36%
55-59 0.32% 0.68% 0.67% 0.68% 0.41%
60-64 0.49% 0.83% 0.82% 0.83% 0.57%
65-69 0.88% 1.02% 1.01% 1.01% 0.91%
70-74 1.74% 1.25% 1.24% 1.23% 1.63%
75-79 3.57% 1.53% 1.51% 1.51% 3.16%
80+ 13.59% 2.22% 2.12% 2.13% 11.73%
TOTAL 2.46% 0.94% 0.90% 0.92% 2.09%


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2010 Prevalence Rates of AMD by Race

Chart Projections 2010 (AMD)

  All White Black Hispanic Other
Prevalence 0.021 0.025 0.009 0.009 0.009


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2010 U.S. Prevalent Cases of AMD (in thousands) by Age, and Race/Ethnicity

2010 U.S. Prevalent Cases of Vision Impairment (in thousands) by age, gender, and race/ethnicity (AMD)

Age White Black Hispanic Other All
50-54 43 14 13 8 78
55-59 45 15 13 8 81
60-64 62 14 11 8 95
65-69 85 12 9 6 112
70-74 126 11 9 6 152
75-79 209 11 7 6 233
80+ 1,279 20 14 8 1,321
TOTAL 1,849 97 76 50 2,072

2010 U.S. Prevalent Cases of AMD (in thousands) by Age, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity

2010 U.S. Prevalent Cases of AMD (in thousands) by gender.

Female/Age White Black Hispanic Other All
50-54 16 9 8 5 38
55-59 16 10 8 5 39
60-64 23 9 7 5 44
65-69 35 8 6 4 53
70-74 60 7 6 4 77
75-79 114 7 5 4 130
80+ 935 14 10 6 965
TOTAL 1,199 64 50 33 1,346
Male/Age White Black Hispanic Other All
50-54 27 5 5 3 40
55-59 29 5 5 3 42
60-64 39 5 4 3 51
65-69 50 4 3 2 59
70-74 66 4 3 2 75
75-79 95 4 2 2 103
80+ 344 6 4 2 356
TOTAL 650 33 26 17 726


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Projections for AMD (2010-2030-2050)

Chart Projections 2010 (AMD)

Year All White Black Hispanic Other
2010 2,069,403 1,850,413 92,035 76,202 50,752
2030 3,664,044 3,114,721 177,707 239,962 131,654
2050 5,442,265 4,520,743 247,075 446,478 227,969

Changes of Cases between 2000 and 2010

Chart Projections 2010 (AMD)

Year Value Short Value
2000 1,749,382 1,749
2010 2,069,403 2,069


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2000 U.S. Prevalent Cases of AMD (in thousands) by Age, and Race/Ethnicity

2000 U.S. Prevalent Cases of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Chart

Age White Black Hispanic Other All
50-54 37 9 8 5 59
55-59 33 9 6 5 53
60-64 42 9 6 5 62
65-69 68 9 6 4 87
70-74 128 9 6 4 147
75-79 224 8 5 3 240
80+ 1,055 14 7 5 1,081
TOTAL 1,587 67 44 31 1,729

2000 U.S. Prevalent Cases of AMD (in thousands) by Age, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity

2000 U.S. Prevalent Cases of AMD (in thousands) by gender.

Female/Age White Black Hispanic Other All
50-54 14 6 5 3 28
55-59 12 6 4 3 25
60-64 16 6 4 3 29
65-69 29 6 4 3 42
70-74 63 6 4 3 76
75-79 129 6 3 2 140
80+ 801 11 5 4 821
TOTAL 1,064 47 29 21 1,161
Male/Age White Black Hispanic Other All
50-54 23 3 3 2 31
55-59 21 3 2 2 28
60-64 26 3 2 2 33
65-69 39 3 2 1 45
70-74 65 3 2 1 71
75-79 95 2 2 1 100
80+ 254 3 2 1 260
TOTAL 523 20 15 10 568


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