The High Cost of Low Vision

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The report, The High Cost of Low Vision, comes from the International Federation of Aging (IFA). According to the IFA, "Vision loss − 80 percent of which is preventable − is currently the leading cause of age-related disability." Vision loss can have drastic personal, social and economic consequences to those affected and often increases the risk of depression. The purpose of this report is to discuss the importance of saving vision in older adults, and to demonstrate the economic repercussions of ignoring the problem. The High Cost of Low Vision also includes recommended priority actions for policy makers.

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