Patients with Family History of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Should Be Screened by Age 55

Yu-Guang He, MD, is a Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern

Patients with a family history of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of permanent vision loss in those older than 60, should visit an ophthalmologist by age 55 to be screened for signs of the disease, advises an expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Yu-Guang He, MD, Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of UTSW’s Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program, also recommends AMD testing for older patients who experience symptoms including fuzzy, blurry, or distorted vision such as seeing lines as wavy instead of straight or colors more faded or dull than before.

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