AMD or Age Related Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment for industrialized countries. It has long been thought that the disease really starts affecting those 50 years or older. However, recent studies have show that this may not be the case. Findings are pointing to AMD starting much earlier than previously thought.
It is widely accepted that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of visual impairment and blindness in industrialized countries. However, it is questionable whether it can continue to be defined as a disease in people in their 50s and beyond. Investigations to determine the incidence of age-related macular degeneration undertaken as part of the Gutenberg Health Study of the University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have shown that even persons under the age of 50 years may be affected by an early form of the eye disease. Just under 4 percent of the 35 to 44-year-old subjects in the population-based study were found to be suffering from AMD. (Via ScienceDaily – http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140721100125.htm)
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