Special Communication
May 2015

Genetic Testing for Age-Related Macular DegenerationNot Indicated Now

Author Affiliations
  • 1The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Iowa City

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JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(5):598-600. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.0369

Age-related macular degeneration is a very common condition that is caused by a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors. It is likely that, in the future, genetic testing will allow physicians to achieve better clinical outcomes by administering specific treatments to patients based on their genotypes. However, improved outcomes for genotyped patients have not yet been demonstrated in a prospective clinical trial, and as a result, the costs and risks of routine genetic testing currently outweigh the benefits for patients with age-related macular degeneration.