With the launch of a new genetic home-testing kit that checks for the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has said that it is "outraged" by the kits, which have been launched in the UK.
The organisation has warned against the use of DIY genetic home-testing kits in general.
"People cannot afford to take risks when it comes to their eyesight. There is no substitute for regular eye tests and anyone experiencing problems with their sight should seek professional advice immediately," commented Barbara McLaughlan, campaigns manager at the RNIB.
She pointed to a number of risk factors associated with AMD besides genetic risks, including ageing, smoking, obesity and poor diet.
In recent work, the RNIB announced it is going to work with students from The Oldham College to learn how to reduce the risk of becoming blind later in life.
by Emily Tait