Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Increased Risk of AMD in Irish Families

Macular degeneration or AMD may have an even stronger family predisposition among Irish family members according to a report cited by Birmingham Alabama Ophthalmologist Marc Michelson, M.D. “We certainly are aware of the strong familial predisposition toward an increased risk of macular degeneration. Now, we are aware of additional research showing that Irish people are more genetically predisposed to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than other Caucasian populations,” relayed Dr. Michelson.
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 Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham at 205-930-0930, visit Alabama Eye & Cataract Center or facebook.com/michelsonlaservision.

Michelson Laser Vision, 327 Summit Boulevard, Birmingham, Alabama 35243 and Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, 1201 11th Avenue S, Suite 501, Birmingham, Alabama 35205 are leading eye care centers in Birmingham.