Prevalence and Characteristics of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the Japanese Population: The Nagahama Study – Corrected Proof

Purpose: To estimate the age- and sex-specific prevalence of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD; drusen and retinal pigment abnormalities) and late AMD (exudative AMD and geographic atrophy) in the Japanese population.Design: Community-based, cross-sectional study.Methods: The study was held in Nagahama, Japan, and included 6065 Japanese individuals (aged ≥50 years) recruited in 2008-2010. We graded fundus photographs of both eyes for the AMD phenotype based on drusen size, the presence of retinal pigment abnormalities, and late AMD. The associations between smoking and AMD phenotypes were also evaluated.Results: We assessed 5595 subjects (women, 65%) with a gradable macular condition. Early and late (Read more...)

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