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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 Crown Vision Center - Tesson Ferry 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 Crown Vision Center - Tesson Ferry today. 

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- Mar. 04, 2024
The doctor and staff are amazing. I went in with some eye concerns. They listened to my concerns and... gave me world class care. They are super friendly and efficient. I highly recommend them.
- Feb. 22, 2024
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- Feb. 16, 2024
The entire staff is just amazing. Very friendly atmosphere from the moment you walk in. The doctor... that examined me was very good and the selection of frames is wonderful.
- Jan. 23, 2024
The workers are awesome and helped me pick out the best glasses.
- Dec. 11, 2023
Excellent customer service. Went there to swap my broken glasses for a replacement pair. They were q... uick and friendly. And gave tips for caring for my glasses. Parking can be crowded during peak times, I went around 430pm on a weekday.
- Oct. 30, 2023
The Crown Vision Center staff is truly amazing, ESPECIALLY JENNIFER!!! She takes the time to answer ... all my questions, clearly explains each fee and gives feedback on which frames work best with my face structure. I have a hard time selecting glasses and she is always patient with me. I love my glasses and get compliments often. I would recommend this location to all my friends and family 🙂
- Oct. 22, 2023
Friendly staff. Knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Always a good experience when I go there.
- Oct. 10, 2023
We love Crown Vision Center! The staff are always very friendly, courteous and professional. And ver... y patient with answering all my questions.
- Sep. 25, 2023
Everyone here is always smiling and making our day! Thank you for the respect, professionalism, and ... knowledge! David, Kathy & David Jr.
- Sep. 08, 2023
EXCELLENT SERVICES - FOCUS ON EYE HEALTH IS VERY IMPORTANT!!
- Aug. 23, 2023
Timely scheduling, friendly staff
- Aug. 21, 2023
Great experience!! The receptionist and the Dr’s assistant began with a wonderful experience. The ... Dr.. Dr Sherwood .. excellent.. very thorough. Highly recommend!!
- Aug. 01, 2023
Very caring and will to please the customers and treated me with respect . The Doctor was very g... ood and intelligent . And very kind .such a sweet staff .excellent customer service.
- Jul. 04, 2023
When we changed insurance, we decided to try a new optical company. We came to the Tesson Ferry loca... tion and I'm so glad we did. All 4 of my kids wear glasses, so it's an ordeal to get them all in for appointments. The staff here have always been so amazing. Taking the time to get to know my kids on a personal level. Making them smile and giggle with little jokes. Explaining to the kids what to expect because they are nervous. So many little things that add to an overall amazing experience! Again, I am highly impressed with the level of customer service we continue to experience at this location 💗
- Jun. 13, 2023
Doctors are always spot on with my prescriptions and very friendly and professional at the same time... . Office staff is friendly and so helpful. This is my favorite Crown Vision location, as far as staff and service, so far.
- May. 15, 2023
Nice place. Staff is courteous and knowledgeable. Happy with my glasses.
- Mar. 16, 2023
Then staff is very friendly and spend time making sure you select the perfect frames and fit.
- Mar. 02, 2023
Dr. Sherwood and staff are amazing! Highly recommended!
- Feb. 15, 2023
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- Jan. 17, 2023
Outstanding optical experience!

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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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