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Should You Consider Genetic Testing for AMD?
March 19, 2014

Should You Consider Genetic Testing for AMD?

As a parent of adult children and several grandchildren, one of my greatest desires is for them to be healthy and to stay healthy ... and that of course includes their vision. With a grandparent and several great aunts and uncles, all of whom had age related macular degeneration (AMD), they may have inherited some of the genes that can increase their risk of developing AMD.

Jeffry Gerson, OD, FAAO, writes in a recent Optometry Times article from March 14, 2014, "While other factors, such as age, weight, and whether a patient smokes, nothing can help predict the likelihood of a patient developing AMD over the next 2, 5 and 10 years like a genetic test."

Genetic Testing for AMD

There are several reasons why one may want to consider genetic testing ....

it can give some peace of mind to those whose test results show a low risk of developing AMD,

it may prompt those at high risk to change some of their unhealthy lifestyle habits, and

as Dr. Gerson points out it may change a patient's follow-up or treatment protocol.

"I don't think a test is worth doing unless it's going to potentially change your follow-up or treatment protocol, which is why I think genetic testing is important - it creates some change in how we follow-up our patients."

Jeffry Gerson, OD, FAAO

Find out how this simple genetic test is done, who would benefit from this testing, if insurance covers it and how the results can influence your eye care.

Genetic Testing for Macular Degeneration

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