This calculator combines individual risk factors for AMD and generates an overall probability score for advanced AMD. It is based upon published data regarding risk factors for AMD in individuals of European ancestry. The original research that made this calculator possible is discussed here. The original research article is available here.
Genotype Questions: The estimation of your individual risk for developing advanced AMD using this calculator requires that you know your genotype. There are many retail DNA testing services currently available that can provide you with this information. However, I am not aware of any single test that currently provides all of the information required for this calculator (but that will probably change with time).
Why does knowing you risk for advanced AMD matter? High-risk individuals should monitor their vision more frequently. Self-monitoring is the best way to detect disease progression in a timely manner. High-risk individuals should also be encouraged to follow a healthy lifestyle by not smoking, eating vegetables and fish, maintaining a normal weight and getting exercise, and taking antioxidant-mineral supplements. Folic acid and B-vitamin supplements also have demonstrated value in preventing AMD.
Disclaimer: Please note that my only contribution to this risk calculator is to implement the research that has been published by others and to make it freely available to the public. I take no credit (or blame) for the accuracy or utility of this calculator.
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