Monday, December 16, 2013

Irish Macular Degeneration Risk

Maine Retina Specialist Jackie Nguyen, M.D. commented on the risk of age related macular degeneration among Irish descendants. “While we certainly know that there is a strong familial predisposition toward increased risk of macular degeneration, the new research demonstrating that Irish people are more genetically predisposed to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than other Caucasian populations is important,” commented Dr. Nguyen of Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine.

The study conducted by the Department of Genetics at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and  the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital Research Foundation, evaluated blood samples from more than 200 patients with AMD and compared them with samples from participants without the disease to identify genetic risk factors. The study shows that Irish people are at an elevated risk of developing AMD. It is also known that smokers are four times more likely to suffer from the disease.

If you are over 50 years old or even earlier if you have a family history of AMD or are of Irish descent you should please schedule an appointment by calling Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland Maine at 888-374-2020, visiting Eyecare Medical Group or to schedule an appointment.