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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 Memorial Eye Center - Wilcrest today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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  • Monday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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 Memorial Eye Center - Wilcrest today. 

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- Jan. 24, 2024
Manager Madji is a great, she provides a great service, she fixed the issue I rate her a 100%
- Jan. 16, 2024
Dr. Bui has something that too many other doctors don't have b/c apparently it's not taught in med s... chool; she has an amazing personality. She will also show you, without being technical or condescending, what your eyes are doing. I highly recommend her, and can't wait to see her in the coming months.
- Dec. 18, 2023
Took my first exam and it wasn’t that bad at all. Finally got new glasses after 2 years wearing th... e previous glasses with a strap or templed tips on it.
- Dec. 15, 2023
Directions are direct and clear
- Nov. 22, 2023
A new daily was suggested and is the best contact lens I’ve ever had. Biotrue Baush & Lomb Presbyo... pia multifocal daily. Superb vision and comfort. I’ve been wearing contacts lenses for 35 years or more. The technology is clearly much better with these lenses in my opinion. Every attending Dr was the best of the best. Issues with supporting staff - but to be expected anywhere in my opinion.
- Nov. 03, 2023
I have been going there for a long time, everyone is friendly and I'm very happy with my new glasses... .
- Oct. 14, 2023
I had my first eye exam ever there and they were AMAZING. The staff are very friendly and helpful. D... r. Bui was so sweet and told me exactly what I needed. I defined recommend this location to everyone In need of eye exams/ glasses.
- Sep. 26, 2023
The staff is super friendly .. well recommend to everybody.
- Sep. 09, 2023
I have worn glasses the majority of my life and Dr. Bui is by far the best. It’s a little bit of a... drive for me but totally worth it. Also, all of the staff is super nice and helpful.
- Aug. 27, 2023
Amazing staff
- Aug. 21, 2023
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- Aug. 16, 2023
She got the job done and I would refer everyone I know to her
- Aug. 15, 2023
Very professional. Very good services. Very friendly
- Aug. 13, 2023
Very professional staff! De Bui was very kind and she explained every detail step by step!
- Aug. 10, 2023
I love this people a lot it so so easy and fast I want in on Monday and I was supposed to pick up my... glasses in two weeks but my glasses was ready in 4 days and I love how great the people are and very friendly they are the place is so clean you don’t have to wait a long time this is where I am going to stay at and they walk you through it the hold time and I just love everything about the people that work there the glasses I have on is for men I love them
- Jul. 12, 2023
This is a storefront business so parking is free , accessible and close by. The staff is helpful and... agreeable. Dr Bui is very pleasant and knowledgeable. This is not merely an optometrist providing glasses, but they also treat eye infections, eyelash under the lid removal and basic assistance concerning eye conditions and diseases. Much less expensive than an ophthalmologist, however they don't perform surgery of course. They aren't md's.
- Jul. 04, 2023
I’ve been going to them for years. Short wait times, great service, and affordable. Also the optom... etrists are honest and kind.
- Jun. 28, 2023
Dr. Bui is part of the infantsee program. She was very sweet and patience with my 9 month old and 3.... 5 years old. My daughters love her. She explained everything in detail and helped ease all my concerns regarding potential lazy eyes that runs in the family. If you are looking for someone who's good with baby, look no further. We will be back again for future checkups.
- Jun. 14, 2023
Highly recommend! I saw Dr. Bao today. She was friendly, professional, and very thorough. She explai... ned what she was doing and what she found. The staff was also friendly and helpful. The office is clean and in good repair. The frames were out of my price range but I'll definitely go back for my next eye exam.
- Apr. 05, 2023
Very good 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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