Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults.
The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina, impairing the vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. Vision loss related to AMD usually becomes noticeable in a person’s 60s or 70s and tends to worsen over time.
Does Genetics Play a Role in AMD?
Yes. Several studies point to variants in the genes CFH and ARMS2 as playing a role in a person’s predisposition to develop AMD.
A new treatment for one type of age-related macular degeneration that is currently in clinical trials may have an unintended consequence: it could cause another form of the disease.Age-related macular...