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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 A1A Family EyeCare today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
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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 A1A Family EyeCare today. 

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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 09, 2024
Dr. Horning is very thorough and his staff is extremely timely, I am always seen by Dr. Horning with... in minutes of my appointed time. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and very helpful!
- Jan. 30, 2024
Dr. Brown is a wonderful doctor always makes you feel at ease she is very personal and professional ... and always takes her time with you and Chole was very sweet and friendly
- Jan. 28, 2024
Really love this place
- Jan. 25, 2024
I had an excellent experience here.Dr Joly is thorough, patient, and answered all my questions. The ... selection of glasses is huge and the prices are reasonable. Chloe was really pleasant and very helpful.
- Jan. 18, 2024
Dr Brown is fantastic and wonderful with children. Vision therapy department is some of the best the... rapist I have ever met and have really gotten through to my daughter with special needs
- Jan. 12, 2024
Dr. Brown was very professional and took her time explaining to me about my exam and made feel very ... comfortable. She gets a 10 out of 10 from me!
- Dec. 13, 2023
Great doctors.
- Nov. 28, 2023
Dr. Joly is the best! She is very thorough, incredibly knowledgable, and kind/compassionate/caring. ... I would highly recommend her to anyone!
- Nov. 08, 2023
A1A Eye Care have the best staff in town and great Doctors. They take care of my whole family and ha... ve done so for years now. Friendly and knowledgeable and take time for each person to not only explain whats going on with your eyes and to also answer any questions you have. Very much a family atmosphere when you are there, no one better in town!!!
- Oct. 20, 2023
I’m so appreciative for being able to be seen here. Firstly, of the women at the front desk and th... e MAs are so sweet and they’re extremely well organized. They even called me before to confirm details so that my check in process was smooth. Dr. Joly is a really skilled physician with a great bedside manner, and she gave me a very thorough exam. She was also really empathetic and took the time to explain things and make sure I knew what to do for my eye. They even squeezed me in for a close follow up even though I know they’re extremely booked. I’m so grateful for their help!
- Oct. 19, 2023
Always a great experience! The staff is great with my two kids.
- Sep. 20, 2023
Dr horning is 👍 great.
- Sep. 13, 2023
Everyone is always friendly and knowledgeable. I had a stroke and my vision has suffered so I took t... he classes and they helped. Plus Dr. Horning is always wonderful. Very thankful for my experience.
- Sep. 03, 2023
Awesome service! Doctors are component and staff was super helpful 🙂
- Aug. 21, 2023
Both Dr Horning and office staff were friendly, kind, engaging knowledgable, efficient, and very he... lpful. Really impressive!
- Aug. 11, 2023
Front desk staff, Abbie (sp?) and Dr. Joly were just amazing! Love this office.
- Jun. 25, 2023
Best eye care facility ever. I have been going here for years and they are always very vigilant abou... t my eye health due to medical issues.
- Jun. 19, 2023
Dr Horning is an exceptional provider and his staff is great too!
- Jun. 15, 2023
Kids with disabilities are treated with kindness and respect!
- May. 25, 2023
This place is great! I know I’m not the easiest to please when it comes to glasses and contacts bu... t every time I go, everyone there is patient and kind. The front staff took the time to figure out and check my insurance when I had no information with me and no idea where it was through. They were able find it and save me hundreds of dollars. The tech who took me in for the prelim testing was kind and funny and patient with my eye “issues” (I hate things close to my eyes) and was able to successfully perform all duties without me hyperventilating. lol Dr mattox was very nice and took the time to talk about my past script and my new script and was able to answer all my questions regarding contacts . She was the first to find some where I could actually see out of instead of blaming my condition. I didn’t purchase glasses this last visit simply because my prescription didn’t change enough to warrant the cost. I’ve bought glasses from them before (during COVID) and ended up not liking how they looked once the mask was off and they were nice enough to let me swap them out. A complete redo without a hassle. I Highly recommend the office.

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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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