What your patient might ask you…

As a baby boomer, am I less likely to get AMD than my parents were?

According to new research, yes.

What are baby boomers?
The generation of people born between the years 1946-1964.
New research published in JAMA Ophthalmology found that members of the baby boomer generation were less likely to develop AMD than members of the generations that came before them (i.e the silent or the greatest generations).

What does that mean?
It means there has been a drastic decline in the overall incidence of AMD. In the study of almost 5000 participants, they found participants had a 60% lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration than the previous generation.

Why?
The authors aren’t sure but theorize it could be related to improvements in sanitation, the environment, food quality, and medical care over the last century.

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