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Macular Degeneration

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What Is Macular Degeneration?

Macular degeneration, also called AMD or age-related macular degeneration, occurs when the macula — the central portion of the retina — begins to wear down, causing central vision loss.

People who suffer from AMD tend to lose their “straight ahead” vision, making it difficult to read, drive, and recognize faces. 

Total vision loss is unlikely, as there's typically enough peripheral vision to allow for other activities of daily life. 

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Types of Macular Degeneration:

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  • Dry AMD: small deposits called drusen damage retinal nerve cells and reduce vision
  • Wet AMD: new blood vessels form that leak and release fluid that harms the macula. This is a more severe form of AMD that can more quickly cause vision loss.

Don’t Let AMD Rob You of Your Sight

An estimated 196 million people are living with macular degeneration worldwide. Although those affected by it rarely lose all their vision, the vast majority suffer from some degree of vision loss. 

While there is currently no cure for AMD, there are certain treatments that can slow its progression — and low vision aids that can increase independent functioning.

If you think you're at risk or are experiencing symptoms, contact Family EyeCare Center today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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Risk Factors for AMD

  • Aged 50+

    The onset of AMD usually happens over the age of 50 and increases substantially with time. For instance, a 2% risk at age 55 can turn into a 30% risk by age 75.

  • Lifestyle factors

    Smoking or eating a diet high in saturated fat can increase your risk of AMD. Furthermore, these habits increase the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease–two additional risk factors for AMD.

  • Obesity

    Research shows that people with a BMI of over 30 double their chances of developing AMD.

  • Family History

    If you have a close relative with AMD, you have a higher risk of developing this eye condition.


How to Stop the Progression of Macular Degeneration

While there isn’t yet a cure for AMD or an effective way of reversing vision loss that has already occurred, you can take certain steps and adopt new habits to slow the progression of the disease.

Furthermore, certain treatments can slow its progression and low vision aids that can increase independent functioning.

Talk to us about how you can slow the progression of the disease and avoid vision loss by contacting Family EyeCare Center today. 

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- Mar. 09, 2024
Dr. Envani was thorough and explained things very well. All of the staff were very friendly and extr... emely helpful! I didn't have to wait long for my appointment and there was no wait when I picked up my glasses
- Mar. 08, 2024
We have loved being customers for almost 20 years! Great people!
- Mar. 07, 2024
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- Mar. 02, 2024
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- Mar. 01, 2024
Wonderful experience. Took the whole family. I was very pleased! Will return and highly recommend.
- Feb. 17, 2024
Dr Christopher Envani is great. He doesn't rush you through the exam, and then takes the time to ans... wer any questions and explain the results of the exam with you if you want to know more.
- Feb. 05, 2024
Everyone was so helpful and friendly.
- Jan. 19, 2024
Very nice, professional staff, and good selection of glasses.
- Jan. 18, 2024
Great customer service & very friendly staff!
- Jan. 12, 2024
I have had an excellent experience with Dr Lanier at Family EyeCare Center. I have been going there ... about 10 years now and I’m so happy to have found such a wonderful Dr and practice to take care of my eyes!
- Jan. 03, 2024
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- Dec. 07, 2023
Great service
- Nov. 22, 2023
Everyone in this office is kind, helpful and patient. Excellent customer service. Highly recommend.
- Nov. 19, 2023
Awesome place. Very friendly people. And many available appointments, even this time of the year! Wi... ll definitely return and make this our family eye place!
- Nov. 07, 2023
I’ve been going to this optometry office for almost 3 years now, and Dr. Lanier is wonderful! I pi... cked up my new frames last night and was helped by Richard. Richard provided exemplary customer service! He helped fit my new frames and also helped fit my frames from last year that nobody else could adjust. I am over the moon with joy now that I can wear both pairs!! Office administration is pleasant Environment is welcoming I highly recommend this optometry office for your vision needs
- Nov. 06, 2023
Everyone was very friendly and helpful
- Oct. 23, 2023
Family Eye Care is truly amazing! Not just because it’s run by a family friend, but because they h... ave impeccable service and genuine people working there.
- Oct. 17, 2023
Front staff was very friendly and provided a warm greeting when we walked in. Dr was thorough and ki... nd which made my daughter at ease during the visit. He took his time and answered all our questions.
- Sep. 27, 2023
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Macular Degeneration FAQs

What are the first signs of AMD?

You may have AMD and not know it. Typically, symptoms may not develop until the advanced stage of the eye disease.

First signs of AMD may include: 

  • Blurred vision
  • Blind spots or dark spots
  • Straight lines appearing distorted or wavy
  • Faded colors 

 For early detection and better outcomes, it's important to undergo regular eye exams at our eye clinic, especially if you have a family history of AMD or other risk factors. 

How common is macular degeneration?

Statistics indicate that 8.7% of the world population has macular degeneration. The rate of AMD is expected to increase from 196 million in 2022 to 288 million by 2040.

What is the best treatment for macular degeneration?

Currently, the most common treatment for wet AMD is the injection of medications called anti-VEGF agents. High levels of VEGF in the eye increase the formation of abnormal blood vessels that cause much of the damage in wet AMD.


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