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    Most-talked-about journal articles bring ‘awareness’ to AMD

    By Michelle Dalton, ELS

    Two of the top 10 “most-talked-about” articles in JAMA Ophthalmology are about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). One of the current top 5 “most-read” articles in the American Journal of Ophthalmology is also about AMD.

    Here, a brief synopsis of those three papers:

    From JAMA Ophthalmology

    The first of the two papers, “Prevalence of Undiagnosed Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Primary Eye Care,” by David C. Neely, MD, et al.,1 used a large sample of older adults, judged to have normal macular health in both eyes by their ophthalmologist or optometrist based on a dilated eye examination to determine how many eyes had gone undiagnosed.

    The authors found 320 of 1,288 eyes had AMD, despite no diagnosis of AMD in the primary eye care medical record, including 30% with undiagnosed large drusen, long considered a hallmark of the disease.

    In this cross-sectional study, participants consisted of 644 adults 60 years or older enrolled in the Alabama Study on Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ALSTAR) from May 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2011, and seen by 31 primary eye care ophthalmologists or optometrists.

    The sample consisted of 1,288 eyes from 644 participants: 231 male (35.9%), 413 (64.1%) female; mean age, 69.4 ± 6.1 years. The overwhelming majority (n = 611, 94.9%) were Caucasian. The majority of participants were in their 60s (59%), followed by people in their 70s (35.1%). However, 38 participants (5.9%) were in their 80s.

     

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