Macular Degeneration - Risk Factors

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What are risk factors for macular degeneration?

The greatest risk factor is age. Although AMD may occur during middle age, studies show that people over age 60 are clearly at greater risk than other age groups. Middle-aged people have about a 2% risk of getting AMD while people over age 75 have a nearly 30% risk.

Other risk factors include smoking, obesity, white race, female gender, a family history of macular degeneration, a diet low in fruit and vegetables, high blood pressure, and elevated blood cholesterol.

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Comment from: Minerva, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 12

My regular eye doctor sent me to a retinologist and he diagnosed the beginning of macular degeneration. I have been treated with many tests and received eye injections. At the moment, we're holding off for two months to see if there is any change. I still have 20/20 vision with eyeglasses.

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