If a 90 yo parent has age-related macular degeneration, should the children take any precaution?

Genetic testing. About 70% of the risk for getting amd is programmed into our genes. New office based genetic testing is available for offspring of patients with amd to ascertain their individual risk of getting the disease. Most of my patients who get it find it helpful. It provides information which guides lifestyle management and frequency of visits with retina specialist.
See a retina special. Macular degeneration is genetic. Off-spring and siblings are at risk. Get examined by an eye doctor.
Don't drive. They should be responsible and stop driving to protect themselves and others.

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If a parent has age-related macular degeneration, can the children take lutein as a precaution?

No one knows. Lutein is a strong anti oxidant that preferentially accumalates in the macula and protects against damage from uv light. It is being studied as we speak in a big study by the national eye institute. Until now there have been anecdotal stories that it may have protective value but no studies to prove its efficacy. There is no evidence that it is valuable in children of patients. Read more...
It can ... However it has not been proven to be helpful. The age-related eye disease study (areds) demonstrated that high dose anti-oxidants are helpful in preventing the progression to advanced macular degeneration in individuals who have signs of earlier disease. Lutein was not part of the original areds study, but is currently being assessed as part of areds ii. Read more...
Mulivitamen c Lutein. A daily multivitamin with lutein is a good idea, as well as uv protection. Lots of vegetables in the diet-- the kids will love that:). Read more...
No evidence. The genes your inherit from your parents play the biggest role in determining your susceptibility to amd. There is no direct evidence that taking supplements can prevent amd, however studies show a correlation between healthier diets and a lower risk of getting it. The same lifestyle that is good for your heart is good for the eyes too. Genetic testing may provide insight into your risk for amd. Read more...

If a parent has age-related macular degeneration, should the children take lutein or other prevention?

Other prevention. The main risk factors for macular degeneration are smoking, age, high blood pressure and having minimal pigmentation (blue eyes, blond hair). Supplement for macular degeneration have only proven to be preventative when certain levels of damage already exist. Before that, use sunglasses, eat healthily, exercise and don't smoke. Read more...
Yes. Having a parent with macular degeneration does not mean you will get the disease. Genetics does play a role as does age , nutritional status and uv exposure history. Since you can't change your family history and i assume you want to get older, take a multivitamin with lutein, wear sunglasses and eat green leafy vegetables. Read more...
No evidence. Most of the risk of developing amd is genetically determined. There is no evidence that taking supplements prior to developing the signs of amd will prevent it from developing. Furthermore, recent areds ii study results showed that lutein was not more effective than original areds formula. Read more...

What does it mean when parent has age-related macular degeneration?

It's a risk factor. You may have an increased genetic risk for the disease. There is no prevention at this time. The best defense is regular eye exams by your eye doctor. If caught early on an eye exam then you can have better counseling and treatment if necessary. Consider using amsler grid testing at home. Read more...
You are At Risk. Most of the risk of developing amd is genetically determined, meaning that it is inherited from parents. A smaller risk is conferred by environmental factors such as smoking. There are genetics tests available in many retina offices which can determine your risk with a mouth swab. Read more...