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Proven Facts You Should Know About Macular Degeneration

Risk Factors

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Age plays a significant role in determining when and if a person will develop macular degeneration. Research shows most cases develop over the age of sixty, but it may occur earlier. Smoking has been shown to double the risk of developing macular degeneration. The disease is more common among those of European ancestry than individuals of African or Latin descent. Individuals who have a family history of macular degeneration are also more likely to develop the condition.

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