Etiologic Studies of Age Related Macular Degeneration
Principal Investigator: Johanna M. Seddon, MD., ScM
Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine
Founding Director of the Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Genetics Service
of Tufts Medical Center
Definition: AMD is a retinal degenerative disease that causes a progressive loss of central vision. AMD is the most common cause of vision loss in individuals age 60 years and older. Juvenile onset forms of macular degeneration, like Stargardt and Best disease, also can cause severe loss of vision.
Target Population: Individuals with macular degeneration (wet or dry) and spouses, siblings and adult children (with or without AMD), including age-related and juvenile onset forms of macular degeneration.
Duration: On-going since 1989.
Purpose:The purpose of this research study is to determine the causes of macular degeneration so we can prevent it and find better treatments. We will continue to identify genes and environmental determinants of macular degeneration. Eligible study participants will have an eye exam and blood draw. Participants will also complete questionnaires on diet and risk factors.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO LIVE IN THE BOSTON AREA TO PARTICIPATE.
Ophthalmic Epidemiology and Genetics Service
New England Eye Center
Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street #450
Boston, MA 02111
617-636-9000 or toll free: 800-219-9157