04.11.2014

Asian people "just as vulnerable" to AMD

Asian people "just as vulnerable" to AMD

People of Asian origin may be just as susceptible to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as caucasians, despite previous suggestions that they had a lower risk, according to a recent study.

A report carried out by Dr Tien Yi Wong and Singapore Eye Research Institute colleagues found that Asians will become increasingly at risk of AMD, which is a leading cause of vision loss in older people.

According to the experts, since the number of elderly people is increasing, healthcare systems need to prepare for an "onslaught" of AMD.

"Future studies should evaluate whether there are Asian forms of AMD and discern other racial/ethnic differences in Asian susceptibility," Dr Wong advised.

Recently, the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network study, published in Ophthalmology Online, suggested that the AMD drug ranibizumab (Lucentis) may be beneficial in treating people with a common form of diabetic retinopathy.

by Alexa Kaczka


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