Prevalence of Age-related Macular Degeneration in Greece

The Thessaloniki Eye Study

Fotis Topouzis, Anne L. Coleman, Alon Harris, Eleftherios Anastasopoulos, Fei Yu, Archimidis Koskosas, Theofanis Pappas, Leonidas Mavroudis, M. Roy Wilson

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Purpose: To estimate the age- and gender-specific prevalence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in a population-based sample of subjects 60 years of age or older in Thessaloniki, Greece. Design: Cross-sectional population-based study. Methods: A total of 2554 subjects randomly identified from municipality registers in Thessaloniki underwent a complete ophthalmologic examination. Results: Of the 3617 eligible subjects, 2554 (71%) participants completed a clinical examination. The prevalence was 2.5% for AMD, 1.4% for neovascular (NV) AMD, and 1.3% for geographic atrophy (GA). Bilateral AMD was present in 40% of AMD cases. The prevalence of AMD, NV, GA, and bilateral AMD increased with increasing age (P< .0001). No gender-specific statistically significant differences were noted. Of all participants with AMD, 67% were unaware of the diagnosis. Conclusions: The prevalence of AMD in Greece is comparable to that in other Caucasian populations. A dramatic increase in prevalence in people older than 80 years of age was observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1076-1079
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume142
Issue number6
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StatePublished - Dec 2006

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Topouzis, F., Coleman, A. L., Harris, A., Anastasopoulos, E., Yu, F., Koskosas, A., ... Wilson, M. R. (2006). Prevalence of Age-related Macular Degeneration in Greece: The Thessaloniki Eye Study. American Journal of Ophthalmology, 142(6), 1076-1079. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajo.2006.07.042

Prevalence of Age-related Macular Degeneration in Greece : The Thessaloniki Eye Study. / Topouzis, Fotis; Coleman, Anne L.; Harris, Alon; Anastasopoulos, Eleftherios; Yu, Fei; Koskosas, Archimidis; Pappas, Theofanis; Mavroudis, Leonidas; Wilson, M. Roy.

In: American Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol. 142, No. 6, 12.2006, p. 1076-1079.

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Topouzis, F, Coleman, AL, Harris, A, Anastasopoulos, E, Yu, F, Koskosas, A, Pappas, T, Mavroudis, L & Wilson, MR 2006, 'Prevalence of Age-related Macular Degeneration in Greece: The Thessaloniki Eye Study', American Journal of Ophthalmology, vol. 142, no. 6, pp. 1076-1079. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajo.2006.07.042
Topouzis, Fotis ; Coleman, Anne L. ; Harris, Alon ; Anastasopoulos, Eleftherios ; Yu, Fei ; Koskosas, Archimidis ; Pappas, Theofanis ; Mavroudis, Leonidas ; Wilson, M. Roy. / Prevalence of Age-related Macular Degeneration in Greece : The Thessaloniki Eye Study. In: American Journal of Ophthalmology. 2006 ; Vol. 142, No. 6. pp. 1076-1079.
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