Genetic Testing for AMD Macular Degeneration?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Genetic Testing for AMD Macular Degeneration

Genetic testing for Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is now available-but should you have it? While the presence of specific genes may indicate a increased risk for Age Related Macular Degeneration, according to researchers commenting in the Ophthalmology routine genetic testing to predict the development of age related macular degeneration (AMD) does not really predict how a person would respond to treatment with Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) Inhibitor injections and thus the genetic testing is not recommended. Further, the downside of routine genetic testing at present is that it can cause unnecessary anxiety, it can leave patients with promises that are not fulfilled and it may impact insurability and employability.

If you or someone you know has questions about age related macular degeneration (AMD) and whether to have genetic testing to assess your risk of AMD, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group, 53 Sewall Street, Portland, Maine 04102 at 888-374-2020, visit Eyecare Medical Group or to schedule an appointment.