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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

AMD Macular Degeneration Genetic Testing

Genetic testing for age related macular degeneration (AMD) has received a great deal of attention in the past year or so. While the presence of specific genes may indicate an increased risk for age related macular degeneration, according to researchers commenting in the journal  Ophthalmology,  routine genetic testing to predict the development of age related macular degeneration (AMD) does not really predict how a person would respond to 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 is concerned about their risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD) , or wishes to learn more about AMD,  you are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.