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Diagnosis of AMD

Increasingly optometrists are investing in equipment, such as the Macular Pigment Screener (MPSII), that can measure the thickness of the macular pigment.  This can indicate who is most at risk of developing AMD and therefore would benefit from nutritional supplements. 



There are a number of factors that increase the risk of developing AMD as follows:

  • Being over 50 years of age
  • Smoking
  • A poor diet
  • A family history of AMD
  • Fluffy yellow patches, called drusen, around the macula

If you have one or more of the above factors are relevant to you, then screening for AMD is recommended.