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Vitamin Therapy Cost-Effective In Treating Macular Degeneration – Study

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Vitamin therapy is a cost-effective approach to lowering the risk of visual impairment in patients diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, according to a study recently published in the American Academy of Ophthalmology

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