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Macula Risk – AMD Genetic Testing

AMD, or Age-related Macular Degeneration, is predominantly an inherited disease. Macula Risk is a prognostic DNA test that identifies individuals who have inherited any of the disease-causing genes. These individuals are at increased risk of vision loss as they age.

Macula Risk is a laboratory developed test (LDT) to assess the risk of AMD progression from early or intermediate AMD to advanced AMD, a common eye disorder of the elderly that can lead to blindness.

Macula Risk identifies individuals (1 in every 5 patients) that are at highest risk of vision loss due to AMD. Identifying these patients early allows the eye-care professional to implement a disease management strategy focused on sight preservation.

Increased risk (Macula Risk® Level 3, 4 and 5) patients may benefit from:

  • Increased frequency of eye examinations
  • Disease education and possibly ‘at-home’ Amsler Grid or Home PHP testing
  • Preventative eye vitamin therapy and possibly nutritional supplements
  • Early diagnosis and treatment of wet AMD with effective therapies

 

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