New test for age related macular degenerationPosted: Updated:
Age related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness of those over 55 years of age. Age related macular degeneration is an age-related disease that effects the central vision. It can start by making your vision blurry and progress into significant visual loss. There are two forms of AMD, dry and wet. Everyone starts out with dry and that can progress to the wet kind. Unfortunately, in the early stages of the disease their may not be any symptoms of vision loss. In 20% of the cases the patients present with blind eye.
In the past when patients were diagnosed with early AMD they would normally only be seen once a year because doctors didn't know who would advance to the wet kind. Now there's a test to help identify those at risk. The genetic test which is a one time test taken with a swab to the cheek will will allow doctors diagnose, personalize treatment and monitor patients. With early detection there's less chance that complete vision will be lost.