The Ocular Surface Case Series is a quarterly video segment featuring experts in the area of ocular surface disease who discuss recent studies and their clinical experience. Christopher E. Starr, MD, FACS, of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York moderates this series and shares his pearls for treating the ocular surface.


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Macula Risk

Derek Cunningham, OD, and Walt Whitley, OD, MBA, look at the idea of genetic testing for ocular diseases. Macula Risk is a prognostic DNA test intended for patients who have a diagnosis of early or intermediate AMD. Using the complete combination of AMD genes, and smoking history, this test identifies those most likely to progress from early or intermediate dry AMD to advanced AMD with vision loss. Here, the moderators discuss where this test belongs in optometry and talk with Kirk Smick, OD, FAAO, about how he has incorporated the Macula Risk test into his practice.