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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 Owens Optometrics 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 Owens Optometrics today. 

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- May. 17, 2024
I highly recommend Dr. Strybos and the team at Owens Optometrics! The photos they take of the blood... vessels/nerves of the eyes are very fascinating, and Dr. Strybos takes time to review and explain them in detail, as well as compare to previous and discuss changes and risks (the vessels show a lot, such as stress from high blood pressure or indication of high blood sugar, etc.). I have learned a great deal from our conversations and refer my friends and family to him!
- May. 11, 2024
Dr. Owens and his staff are awesome!
- Apr. 30, 2024
Had my appointment recently and loved the place! Super kind and helpful staff. The doctors are amazi... ng, really they listen to your concerns, the appointment didn’t feel rushed, detailed check. 100% recommend.
- Apr. 25, 2024
Dr Owens is the best.
- Apr. 17, 2024
Love my new glasses! Such a great experience at Owen’s Optimetrics. Thank you everyone!
- Apr. 09, 2024
My experience at Owens Optometrics is always a good one. The doctors and staff are friendly and kno... wledgeable. They are thorough and I never feel rushed. I feel like they give excellent care.
- Mar. 26, 2024
All those who work for Owens Optometrics are kind and caring.
- Mar. 23, 2024
I had some new “flashes” in right Eye that concerned me.
- Feb. 19, 2024
The staff were very friendly and helpful. I had my exam at a different place of business. Due to pr... oblems with my glasses/lenses not being correct twice at the other place of business I called their office and was helped by Kara who was so helpful in all aspects of getting me into a pair of glasses that I love.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Dr. Bob, Vicki, and staff are amazing!
- Feb. 06, 2024
It was a good visit with the eye doctor today. Nice office,pleasant people ,great Doctor.
- Feb. 01, 2024
Had my first visit today and I loved everyone! They have a patient for life 👍 Great job!
- Jan. 25, 2024
It was great, very nice people
- Jan. 24, 2024
Dr. Owens is such a wonderful doctor. He truly cares about his patients and gives his undivided atte... ntion to his patient. He is thorough with his explanations and always asks if there are any questions he can address. He has awesome bedside manners. He is the best doc in town.
- Jan. 04, 2024
Dr Dan and the staff are always a pleasure to deal with. You learn more about your eyes than you've ... ever known before. Very professional, excellent service!
- Dec. 14, 2023
Dr Strybos is awesome! He doesn’t just check your eyes, he educates each of his patients. I apprec... iate the time and care he spends with each patient. Highly recommended! Would also recommend Jenn Horning to help with picking out glasses, she nails it every time!
- Nov. 13, 2023
My visit with Owens Optometrics this morning was a pleasant experience. Very helpful and shared good... information to help with my first pair of glasses.
- Nov. 08, 2023
Outstanding practice. Excellent experience starting from making the appointment, front desk, doctor ... and optical staff. Everyone ensured a comfortable and complete experience. Dr Strybos was great ensuring we understood all the technical aspects of our exams. He listened carefully to all questions and concerns. We are new to the area and feel like we have found an outstanding optometrist. Will definitely recommend the practice. Addendum. Had an acute bacterial infection in both my eyes. Dr Owens and staff( to include Dr Patrick, intern) were able to get me in today, do a thorough examination and provide the reassurance of medication for the issue. Wonderful practice, with a competent and caring staff!
- Oct. 31, 2023
I need some help with my eyes last week and I called Owen's Oprometrics. They were nice enough to ma... ke an appointment so that I could be seen by Dr Owen's and he was able to diagnose the issue and prescribe the needed medicine. Thank you to the entire team at Owen's Optometrics for making it such an easy visit. David H
- Oct. 20, 2023
Excellent, professional service!

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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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