10 doctors weighed in:
What are the risk factors for macular degeneration?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bernard Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Genetics are Key
Recent studies show that the main risk factors for developing amd are genes you inherited from your parents related to inflammation.
Environment also plays a role. Smoking is a definite risk factor and dietary intake also probably also plays a role. The role of light exposure in provoking amd is still undecided.

In brief: Genetics are Key
Recent studies show that the main risk factors for developing amd are genes you inherited from your parents related to inflammation.
Environment also plays a role. Smoking is a definite risk factor and dietary intake also probably also plays a role. The role of light exposure in provoking amd is still undecided.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Dr. Bernard Godley
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Age, Smoking
Older the age higher the risk of macular degeneration.
History of smoking is a significant risk factor.

In brief: Age, Smoking
Older the age higher the risk of macular degeneration.
History of smoking is a significant risk factor.
Dr. Lakshmana Kooragayala
Dr. Lakshmana Kooragayala
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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Family History
One of the most prevalent risk factors for the development of macular degeneration is family history.

In brief: Family History
One of the most prevalent risk factors for the development of macular degeneration is family history.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen
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Dr. Daniel Schainholz
Ophthalmology
In brief: Nature and nuture
Jakobsdottir j, conley yp, weeks de, mah ts, ferrell re, gorin mb.
Susceptibility genes for age-related maculopathy on chromosome 10q26. Am j hum genet. 2005 sep;77(3):389-407. Epub 2005 jul 26. Pubmed pmid: 16080115; pubmed central pmcid: pmc1226205. You cannot change your genes, but you can change your environment. Avoid smoking, eating meat, & drinking alcohol. Check your bp.

In brief: Nature and nuture
Jakobsdottir j, conley yp, weeks de, mah ts, ferrell re, gorin mb.
Susceptibility genes for age-related maculopathy on chromosome 10q26. Am j hum genet. 2005 sep;77(3):389-407. Epub 2005 jul 26. Pubmed pmid: 16080115; pubmed central pmcid: pmc1226205. You cannot change your genes, but you can change your environment. Avoid smoking, eating meat, & drinking alcohol. Check your bp.
Dr. Daniel Schainholz
Dr. Daniel Schainholz
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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
In brief: See below
Family history, age, smoking, hypertension, lighter-colored eyes, lighter-colored race, obesity, hyperopia.

In brief: See below
Family history, age, smoking, hypertension, lighter-colored eyes, lighter-colored race, obesity, hyperopia.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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