Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Macular Degeneration Risk: Diet, Lifestyle & Genes

About AMD Risk

Unhealthy lifestyles that include smoking, high levels of alcohol consumption, high fat diets and other vascular disease risk factors are known to contribute to your risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD). Additionally, we know that those with a family history of AMD have an even greater risk of developing the disease. Recently, a study published in Ophthalmology told us about the further risk that you might experience if you actually have a genetic predisposition. The results showed that the odds of developing AMD were 3.3 times greater if you had both an unhealthy lifestyle and a high genetic risk as compared to those who had a healthy lifestyle and a low genetic risk. This shows the powerful negative effect that your genes and lifestyle can play in your chances of developing age related macular degeneration (AMD).

If you or someone you know has a family history of AMD and demonstrates unhealthy lifestyle behaviors it is important to have a comprehensive eye exam at regular intervals recommended by your eye doctor, and that you express to your doctor your risk factors and concerns. Please call Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visit Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Google+ or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061, 2391 Brandermill Blvd., Suite 200, Gambrills, Maryland 21061 and Turf Valley Town Center, 11089 Resort Road, Suite 206, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.