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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 Hill Country Vision Center - Stone Oak 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 Hill Country Vision Center - Stone Oak today. 

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- Feb. 21, 2024
Dr. McNabb was great. Staff was nice. Dr. McNabb took his time to patiently find the exact strength... I needed, which is difficult due to my Macular Degeneration and bad floaties. I happily recommend.
- Feb. 19, 2024
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- Feb. 15, 2024
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- Feb. 12, 2024
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- Jan. 25, 2024
Open, bright office. Dr. Ip is wonderful.
- Dec. 28, 2023
Dr. McNabb is absolutely the best! He’s so patient l, informative and thorough.
- Dec. 18, 2023
EXCELLENT customer service. Accurate diagnosis and prescription. Highly recommend!!
- Dec. 03, 2023
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- Nov. 14, 2023
A great place for all your optical needs. Dr. Ip and the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and very ... helpful.
- Oct. 28, 2023
Excellent service
- Oct. 20, 2023
Dr. McNabb is very patient and thorough. Outstanding customer service by all I had contact with 🙂
- Oct. 01, 2023
Great staff, friendly and knowledgeable
- Sep. 23, 2023
I have been a patient here since 2016, and this place is truly awesome! Doctors Ip, Allison, and McN... abb are amazing. All three of them are fantastic eye doctors. The eyewear here is a bit pricey, but worth the investment. Adjustments and repairs are free and always welcomed. Excellent and thorough eye exams.Highly recommend. KUDOS to the girl who repaired my glasses on 9.23.2023...
- Sep. 18, 2023
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- Sep. 15, 2023
Dr. McNabb is wonderful! You will wish he could handle all of your healthcare. He takes time with yo... u, really gets to know you, and explains everything . I have seen him for regular check ups as well as some acute issues and always feel confident in his plan.
- Sep. 07, 2023
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- Aug. 29, 2023
Great, knowledgeable doctor. He resolved my issue quickly.
- Aug. 26, 2023
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- Aug. 10, 2023
If you have keratoconus and need scleral lenses this is the place. I walked in nervous but left comp... letely satisfied from beginning to end. Dr Ipp is so kind and patient, so glad I found this place!
- Aug. 05, 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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