Blue Mountains Eye Study confirms AREDS findings on risk factors for AMD progression

VIENNA — Fifteen-year data from the Blue Mountains Eye Study confirmed Age-Related Eye Disease Study findings on risk factors for progression of age-related macular degeneration, according to one speaker. “Both studies found that large drusen and pigment changes are the most powerful predictive factors. Patients who have neither of these signs have a less than 1% risk of developing late AMD over 5 years. With both of them in both eyes, the risk is 50%,” Paul Mitchell, MD, said at the Advanced Retinal Therapy meeting here.

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