A new study in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology study has found that one in every four cases of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) was missed by eye care professionals, the AARP reports.
The finding could have serious implications for the aging Baby Boom generation as their risk of developing AMD grows.
For the study, researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham reexamined 644 patients (average age 69) after they had undergone a dilated eye exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
They discovered that 25 percent of the patients whose eyes were found to be normal actually showed signs of AMD, which is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss for Americans age 50 and older.
“As the baby boomer population comes into the years when age-related macular degeneration becomes more prevalent, we need to make sure that patients are properly diagnosed,” said lead study author David Neely, M.D., of the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
AMD affects 14 million Americans robs people of their central vision.
There is no cure, but there are ways to slow the progression of AMD once it is diagnosed.
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