Yes, individuals can inherit a higher risk for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). There are various genes that have been associated with macular degeneration, many of which can be tested via a saliva sample.

Patients with a blood relative with macular degeneration are at higher risk for developing the condition themselves. There are several non-inherited risk factors for the condition as well, such as age, smoking, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Individuals over the age of 60 who have a blood relative with macular degeneration should undergo annual ophthalmology examinations, including dilation and specialized retinal imaging.