AMD Genetic Risk Factors for Irish Population

A study conducted by the Department of Genetics, Trinity College, Dublin and the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, found that the genetic risk factors for AMD in the Irish population were at high levels.

When reading about the Irish genetic predisposition for age-related macular degeneration headlined in the Irish Times October 5, 2012, keep these facts in mind:  “The research found that these genetic risk factors were present in the Irish population at high levels, similar to other heavily-affected areas such as mainland Europe and the U.S.”

The study consisted of only 200 patients.

“Many people could possess the genes and never develop the disease—which means that genetic screening is not recommended.”

As in other studies, it shows that smoking is a primary risk factor, since smokers are four times more likely to develop the condition.

 

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