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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:

macular degeneration types

  • 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 Optique 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 Optique today. 

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- Feb. 27, 2024
Great eye doctor!
- Feb. 09, 2024
Great Dr and staff! Post exam there is a great selection of glasses. Highly recommend
- Feb. 08, 2024
Great Service and very nice people.
- Jan. 27, 2024
The whole staff is very friendly with great service
- Jan. 24, 2024
Staff is nice no issues, quick checkup no complaints. Recommend to anyone who is busy and wants to g... et in and out fast.
- Dec. 25, 2023
Friendly and helpful staff. Nice selection of eyewear.
- Dec. 21, 2023
The entire staff was professional, and extremely friendly. I loved Dr. Wang. She is phenomenal! Grea... t experience overall, highly recommend checking this place out for your eye exam and eyeglass, contact needs.
- Dec. 20, 2023
I looked up a provider that was on my insurance plan and found Optique. From the initial call all th... e way through the eye exam and picking up my new glasses the team was absolutely fantastic.
- Nov. 09, 2023
The no dilate method makes your appointment fast and easy. The first time I went for an appointment ... years back they discovered the curvature of my contact was slightly off. This fix made it so I can not tell I have them in, except for the improvement to sight of course.
- Oct. 20, 2023
Wonderful optometry experience here! I’ve been a patient of Dr. Zellers for years and have had exc... ellent service the entire time. Scheduling is easy and flexible, staff is friendly, I’m rarely seen late, and it’s a quick, seamless visit every time.
- Oct. 07, 2023
I came in today for the first time to have an eye exam and I was really impressed with the cleanline... ss of the facility, the selection of eyeglasses, the quality of service provided, and the level of professionalism from the team. Making the appointment online was seamless and they were able to move my appointment to an earlier time even though I called in on the day of, which is greatly appreciated. The Dr. was thorough in all that he did and his explanations regarding my exam. Nick also did an amazing job assisting me with finding the perfect pair of eyeglasses within my budget. He was also very thorough and transparent when addressing my questions and concerns regarding pricing / insurance coverage. Typically I feel like just another customer, but Optique had a very welcoming feel— I would highly recommend coming to this location for your needs!
- Sep. 22, 2023
A very professional group and most importantly very friendly and helpful. A great group of people an... d I highly recommend them.
- Aug. 13, 2023
I’ve been visiting Optique for about 7 years now and the experience has always been amazing. From ... the staff to Doc Zellers, every is always on point and super knowledgeable.
- Aug. 10, 2023
Great customer service. Warm and professional.
- Jul. 15, 2023
Everyone was so welcoming & knowledgeable.
- Jul. 15, 2023
Incredible!!! The staff is very attentive and friendly. I have a very unique prescription (Keratocon... us & Astigmatism) and finding the right frames and avoiding super thick lenses has been a nightmare for me in the past. Not only did the staff help me find the perfect frames, they suggested the much needed add ons, without resulting in thick lenses (and I have new sunglasses as well)! My script is perfect and I absolutely love my new glasses! If you’re looking for a new place to shop for eye care, I highly recommend Optique!
- Jul. 11, 2023
Visiting from out of town, my husband woke up with a swollen eye ! I called and Optique was able to ... get us in on a Saturday morning!! The staff and doctor were wonderful ! Extra special shout-out to Deva, she is top notch !! My husband was better by the next afternoon! We really appreciate the service we received
- Jun. 27, 2023
So convenient if you live in uptown and I like their devices they use to check your eye health.
- Jun. 08, 2023
The providers are thorough and professional. Friendly staff!
- Mar. 31, 2023
Dr. Wang was incredible. She took the time to explain everything and to address any concerns I had. ... It was the most comfortable I’ve ever felt at the eye doctor, and I would highly recommend her.

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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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