Saturday, September 27, 2014

Inflammation Marker for Macular Degeneration Risk

A commonly tested inflammation marker called CRP (c-reactive proteins) is correlated with the risk of age related macular degeneration according to researchers from Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Reported in JAMA Ophthalmology, CRP levels showed an appreciably higher danger of AMD for those patients with high versus low CRP levels. Patients with high CRP levels also had a significantly increased risk of neovascular or Wet AMD.

The net conclusion from the study demonstrated that elevated CRP levels can assist in predicting the risk of AMD. One of the primary benefits of establishing this connection between CRP and the risk of AMD is physicians being able to notify patients of their potential risk. Further, patients who are made aware of their possible risk factor can benefit from increased adherence to lifestyle recommendations, eye examination schedules and therapeutic protocols. Finally, this knowledge could also reveal other hidden mechanisms at work.

If you or someone you know is concerned about the risk of macular degeneration and need a macular degeneration eye exam, they are encouraged to  schedule an eye examination at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham by calling 205-930-0930, visiting Alabama Eye & Cataract Center or

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