1. Macular thickness varies with age-related macular degeneration genetic risk variants in the UK Biobank cohort

    Macular thickness varies with age-related macular degeneration genetic risk variants in the UK Biobank cohort

    To evaluate the influence AMD risk genomic variants have on macular thickness in the normal population. UK Biobank participants with no significant ocular history were included using the UK Biobank Resource (project 2112). Spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) images were taken and segmented to define retinal layers. The influence of AMD risk single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) on retinal layer thickness was analysed. AMD risk associated SNPs were strongly associated with outer-retinal layer thickness. The inner-segment outer segment (ISOS)-retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) thickness measurement, representing photoreceptor outer segments was most significantly associated with the cumulative polygenic risk score, composed of 33 ...

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