Should You Have Genetic Testing for Macular Degeneration?

Serving Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Nearby Areas of the Hudson Valley

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With the increase in availability of genetic testing, patients sometimes wonder whether they should have genetic testing for Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). While the presence of specific genes may indicate a increased risk for Age Related Macular Degeneration, according to researchers commenting in Ophthalmology routine genetic testing to predict the development of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) does not really predict how a person would respond to Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) Inhibitor injections and thus the genetic testing is not recommended. Further, the downside of routine genetic testing at present is that it can cause unnecessary anxiety, it can leave patients with promises that are not fulfilled and it may impact insurability and employability.

If you or someone you know has questions about genetic testing for MacularDegeneration or needs an eye exam for macular Degeneration please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025 , visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.

Seeta Eye Centers is conveniently located at 23 Davis Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603, Cecilwood Health Center, 969 Main Street, Fishkill, New York 12524 and 664 Stoneleigh Avenue, Suite 100, Carmel, New York 10512 for patients from Westchester County, Rockland County and throughout the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County and Orange County.