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Genetic Polymorphisms Predict Response to Antioxidants and Zinc in Patients with AMD

by Carl C. Awh, MD

AREDS demonstrated that antioxidants and zinc supplements decreased progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in patients with moderate to severe disease. For additional understanding of this subject, Carl C. Awh, MD, of Tennessee Retina in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, conducted a study on genotype-directed therapy which evaluated the interaction between genetics, nutritional supplements and AMD progression. Here, he describes those findings and how they may impact the management of AMD.

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