Genetic Rant & Roll – The Miniseries: Part 9

Macula Risk Report – Prognosis

Lin/Linda here.  Neither Sue nor I were candidates for the Macula Risk evaluation.  We’re not the ‘typical’ patients who benefit from genetic testing – those are people with early, intermediate, or advanced AMD in only one eye.  We had the Vita Risk evaluation which primarily told us whether or not supplements would help us.

Most people get the Macula Risk test which includes the information from the Vita Risk test plus a 10 year prognosis for their progression toward advanced AMD (CNV/wet AMD or GA/geographic atrophy).   Based on this prognosis, they are assigned one of 4 Macula Risk Scores, M1-M4, with M1 and M2 indicating a low risk of progression in 10 years and M3 and M4 indicating a moderate risk.

Click here for more information about how the risk scores are determined.

The Risk Scores are used to give the patient’s eye care professional guidance as to when the patient should have an exam, what testing should be done, whether they should be advised to take supplements and when they should be referred to a retina specialist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are finally coming to the end of our journey with genetic testing.  The last thing to do is for each of us to talk about our overall impression of the process and results.

Next: Genetic Rant & Roll – The Miniseries: Part 10

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