Investigators will examine the association between vitamin D status and two leading causes of vision loss in the U.S.—age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Title: The Role of Vitamin D in Retinal Diseases in Aging
Principal Investigator: Amy Millen, PhD
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Period: 04/01/12 - 03/31/17
Abstract: This work uses data from the population-based Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) longitudinal cohort study of aging African American and Caucasian men and women to study the association between vitamin D status and prevalent diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This project will also investigate, for the first time, the association between vitamin D status and the incidence or progression of AMD.