What is your Macula Risk?

Macula Month: What is your Macula Risk?

One of the ways we check for your risk of developing advanced macular degeneration is the grading of your macula according to a retinal photograph and/or slit lamp assessment.  A Simplified Severity Scale for Age-Related Macular Degeneration has been developed to help us communicate whether you will be at low, medium, or high risk of progression to advanced macular degeneration.

Approximate 5-year rates of progression to advanced age-related macular degeneration.
Approximate 5-year rates of progression to advanced age-related macular degeneration.

The number of risk factors we find in the maculae of each eye determines how likely you will develop advanced macular degeneration over a 5-year period.  For example, from the graph above you can see that if you have zero risk factors, your likelihood of developing advanced macular degeneration is 0.5%; which rises to approximately 50% if you show 4 risk factors in total.

These percentage risks were determined from the original participants of the AREDS Study aged 55-80.  See the full paper here.

 

What is your Macula Risk?  Book a comprehensive eye exam with us by calling 42840604  or booking instantly online to find out.