Who Is At Risk?
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is mainly an inherited disease and the leading cause of severe vision loss in people Overage 50.
It is a progressive disease that can destroy Central vision, impairing the ability to perform everyday tasks such as reading, driving or watching television.
Your genetic profile can account for over 60% of the risk of developing AMD. Having a first-degree relative (mother, father, brother, sister) with AMD significantly increases your risk. In addition to genetics, lifestyle factors such as age, smoking history, Body Mass Index (BMI), and AMD status also play a role in progression to advanced AMD.
The incidence of AMD grows from 1 in 10 people over the age of 60 to more than 1 in 4 people over the age of 75
You Need To Know
Most people are unaware they have AMD until they start to lose central vision in one eye. Vision loss can happen quickly and without warning. The importance of early detection and treatment is paramount.
With current treatments, AMD may be arrested and in some cases improved. At-risk patients may benefit from frequent monitoring by their eye care physician and by taking the appropriate eye vitamin supplement.
The Significant Role of Genetics
Many new discoveries in technology and nutrition are proving beneficial for the AMD patient. Determining a patient’s genetic profile through DNA testing has shed light on the way we treat, manage and make nutritional recommendations to help preserve vision.
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