Eye Concepts Optometry is Now Offering AMD Genetic Testing
We are pleased to announce that Macula Risk ® genetic testing is now being offered for patients with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
Combined with a routine clinical eye examination, results of the Macula Risk test determine which patients are at the highest risk of vision loss from AMD, and guide our doctors in prescribing the safest, most effective eye vitamin formulations for our patients based on their genetics.
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) has demonstrated that eye vitamins can reduce the risk of patients developing advanced AMD. Recent data suggests, however, that ingredients within the commonly prescribed AREDS formulation, specifically antioxidants and zinc, may be helpful or harmful to some patients based on their genetics.
“Knowing this information is key to prescribing the right eye vitamin formulations to our patients and to ensuring that, as eye doctors, we are doing everything we can to protect our patients from vision loss”, states Dr. Cohen, OD.
In addition to making personalized eye vitamin recommendations to patients, the doctor at Eye Concepts is also using the information provided in the Macula Risk patient report to customize disease management programs for patients based on their risk.
Dr. Cohen, OD, comments, “The Macula Risk test allows our doctors to identify and better manage high-risk patients through disease education, at-home vision monitoring, lifestyle modifications and an increased frequency of eye examinations where necessary.” He adds, “If patients have been diagnosed with AMD, or have family members with the disease, we encourage them to come in for a consultation and eye examination to see if the Macula Risk test is right for them.”
The test is a simple cheek swab that is covered by most insurers for patients with a diagnosis of early or intermediate AMD.
This simple cheek-swab DNA test will identify your risk of progressing to advanced AMD with vision loss and will help us prescribe the safest and most effective eye treatment for you.