Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects more than 10 million Americans, and the risk of developing AMD is increased when there is a family history. Yet, some people may carry the genetic variants without having a family history of the disease.
“Having regular eye exams can be incredibly helpful for detecting early signs of the condition and can give patients the opportunity to explore treatments and medications that can be used to slow the progression of AMD,” said Altovise Ewing, medical science liaison and genetic counselor, 23andMe, which provides at-home genetic tests.
But the issue on the advantages of genetic testing for AMD remains somewhat controversial.
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