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Is macular degeneration genetic?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Some

There are a few inherited forms especially those in the young and those associated with drusen deposits that have strong inheritance.
Less certain is the inheritance pattern of ordinary, older age macular degeneration - the data is still being worked out. You can help protect your macula with a good diet, avoidance of sunlight and stopping smoking.

In brief: Some

There are a few inherited forms especially those in the young and those associated with drusen deposits that have strong inheritance.
Less certain is the inheritance pattern of ordinary, older age macular degeneration - the data is still being worked out. You can help protect your macula with a good diet, avoidance of sunlight and stopping smoking.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Amish Purohit
Ophthalmology

In brief: Yes

There is a strong genetic association with macular degeneration invoking multiple genes

In brief: Yes

There is a strong genetic association with macular degeneration invoking multiple genes
Dr. Amish Purohit
Dr. Amish Purohit
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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery

In brief: Yes

Certain genetic variations (such as in the complement factor system) that are inherited put you at increased risk for macular degeneration.

In brief: Yes

Certain genetic variations (such as in the complement factor system) that are inherited put you at increased risk for macular degeneration.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

The lifetime risk of developing late-stage macular degeneration is 50% for people that have a relative with macular degeneration, versus 12% for people that do not have relatives with macular degeneration, a fourfold higher risk.

In brief: Yes

The lifetime risk of developing late-stage macular degeneration is 50% for people that have a relative with macular degeneration, versus 12% for people that do not have relatives with macular degeneration, a fourfold higher risk.
Dr. Sarab Alfata
Dr. Sarab Alfata
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