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Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Macular Degeneration?

Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Macular Degeneration?

12/19/11

(HealthDay News) -- Macular degeneration is a disease of the eye's macula, the portion responsible for your ability to see fine detail. Age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss, affects many people as they get older.

The U.S. National Eye Institute lists these risk factors for age-related macular degeneration:

  • 60 or older.
  • smoking.
  • obesity.
  • white race.
  • family history of macular degeneration.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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