Prevalence of ARMD to Double by 2050 According to Recent Study
April 16, 2009
The prevalence of all forms af age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is projected to almost double between 2010 and 2050 according to an analysis reported in the April edition of the Archives of Ophthalmology. Using multivariant scenerios; however, the use of anti-oxidant vitamins and present therapies (such as anti-VEGF injections) will reduce the amount of vision loss by 35%.
The authors measured various types and stages of ARMD including early AMD, “wet” AMD and geographic atrophy (GA) against five different treatment scenarios. In each case, while the prevalence of the disease increases, the use of antioxidant supplements reduces the visual morbidity.
There are several limitations to this studay say the authors, including the fact that future predictions do not include advancements in treating the disease nor any long term data regarding anti-VEGF therapy.
The point is clear; however, the number of people suffering from this is going to rise dramatically. Using this analysis, it seems we are pointed in the right direction.
Randall V. Wong, M.D.
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