EARLY SIGNS OF MACULAR DEGENERATION ARE GOING UNDIAGNOSED: RESEARCH

Apr 28, 2017

By Jane Brown

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Early signs of macular degeneration if noticed can lead to prevention, but a new study suggests these signs are going undiagnosed in many people.

Researchers at the University of Alabama examined the eyes of 644 people age 60 or older who had a normal eye exam, as determined by standard methods.

To see if any cases were missed by standard practices, examiners also looked at their eyes using more advance digital photography.

They found that 25 per cent of eyes that were deemed normal by standard practices, actually had degeneration.

Even more unsettling, 30 per cent of those wrongly diagnosed eyes were at an early enough stage that the degeneration could be reversed by diet alone.

You can read about the research in JAMA Ophthalmology.

(ABC)

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