CRP Proteins Indicate Risk of Macular Degeneration

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

CRP Proteins Indicate Risk of Macular Degeneration

We are always looking for ways to predict the risk that patients have of various eye diseases. We now know that the risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD) is correlated with the findings of the CRP (c-reactive proteins) test in men and women according to researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who reported in JAMA Ophthalmology.

The findings of this study showed that there was a significantly increased risk of AMD for those patients with high versus low CRP levels and those with high CRP levels also had a significantly increased risk of neovascular or Wet AMD-a potential cause of catastrophic vision loss. The researchers concluded that elevated levels of CRP predict greater future risk of AMD. It is believed that this information might shed light on underlying mechanisms and could be of clinical help in the identification of persons at high risk of AMD who may benefit from increased adherence to lifestyle recommendations, eye examination schedules and therapeutic protocols.

If you or someone you know is concerned about age related macular degeneration (AMD) risk or has any family history of AMD they are encouraged to schedule regular eye examinations at D’Ambrosio Eye Care by calling us at 800-325-3937, visiting D’Ambrosio Eye Care or so that we can help recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

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