In the past I’ve written about how NOT wearing quality sunglasses – whether Matrix sunglasses or some other type – could cause vision problems later in life, up to and including complete blindness. This is because excessive exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun over time can cause a whole slew of problems, like cataracts, macular degeneration, and even burned out retinas. Luckily, there is an emerging procedure that can help predict at least one of these long term eye problems before it actually happens!
Researchers have recently come up with a urine test that can reveal the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although the precise testing methodology is still in development, it looks extremely promising. If the test can be perfected, it will allow eye care professionals to identify AMD long before symptoms emerge; in other words, long before the disease can be detected via regular eye exams.
The test works because researchers have identified 2 proteins found in urine that are associated with AMD. Thus, if the presence of these 2 proteins is elevated in your pee, it’s a good indication that you are at risk for AMD. This is critical because it would allow for the early detection of AMD, which in turn would increase the odds that it can be dealt with before symptomatic problems materialize. And this early detection will be invaluable in terms of detecting the problem prior to the onset of permanent and irreversible vision loss.
All in all, this is wonderful news. And it’s not just good news for older folks; despite the name of the disease, it can affect people as young as 30 years old. As such, once the urine test has been perfected, it’s probably going to be a good idea to have the test done every couple of years beginning in your 30’s. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!