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Lost vision because of macular degeneration

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For sample adults ages 18 and over who were ever told they have macular degeneration (MACDEGENEV), this variable identifies persons who lost any vision because of the degeneration.


In 2002, those who had ever been diagnosed with macular degeneration were asked whether they had it during the past 12 months (MACDEGENYR).

The Field Representative's Manual defined macular degeneration as "when the macula, which is a small area in the eye where vision is sharpest, deteriorates. Central vision declines, making it difficult to do close work such as reading or recognizing faces. The person may still have side vision." This definition was not routinely shared with persons.


This variable is largely comparable over time.


  • 2008; 2016 2017: Sample adults age 18+ who were ever told they have macular degeneration.


  • 2008, 2016-2017