Journal article

Prevalence of age-related macular degeneration in a Malay population - The Singapore Malay Eye Study

Ryo Kawasaki, Jie Jin Wang, Tin Aung, Donald TH Tan, Paul Mitchell, Maya Sandar, Seang-Mei Saw, Tien Y Wong



OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in an Asian Malay population. DESIGN: Population-based cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: An age-stratified random sample of Malay persons aged 40 to 80 years living in Singapore. METHODS: Participants were invited to a central clinic for a comprehensive examination. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Early and late AMD signs were graded from retinal photographs following the Wisconsin grading system. RESULTS: Of 3280 participants who participated (78.7% response rate), 3265 had photographs of sufficient quality for grading of AMD signs. Early and late AMD were present in 160 (4.9%) and 23 (0.70%) participants, respectivel..

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Awarded by National Medical Research Council

Awarded by Biomedical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors have no conflicts of interest and no proprietary interests related to this article.Supported by the National Medical Research Council (grant nos.: 0796/2003, 0863/2004, and CSI/0002/2005); and the Biomedical Research Council (grant no. 501/1/25-5); with additional support from the Singapore Tissue Network and the Ministry of Health, Singapore, Republic of Singapore; and Pfizer, Inc., Singapore, Singapore. The sponsors had no role in the study design, acquisition of data, statistical analysis and interpretation, and the final presentation and publication of the study.