As a continuation of our series on low vision, Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 60 and older. A diagnosis of AMD does not mean a patient will necessarily lose their sight. We know that AMD is a multifactorial eye disease where elements such as family history of AMD, smoking, poor diet, obesity, high blood pressure and prolonged sun exposure can be potential risks. As we move into an era of more personalized medicine, if you had the opportunity to learn more about your genetic risk for AMD would you want to know especially if there is a family history of AMD?
Genetic testing for macular degeneration is a powerful tool for assessing risk for progression and managing treatment options. With early detection and personalized management, there is the opportunity to potentially reduce the severity of disease. Macula Risk is a prognostic DNA test that can help determine a patient’s risk of progression to advanced AMD as well as provide guidance on what eye vitamin formations can help lower the risk of the disease progressing.
The test is done by performing a simple cheek swab in office, the sample is sent to a lab to be analyzed and a detailed, personalized report is then generated to help our optometrists and patients in managing their treatment plan. Talk to our Optometrist to see if genetic testing is right for you and we can perform the test in office. Results take about 4-6 weeks which will then be reviewed with you. Book a consultation with our trusted optometrist near you.