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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 EyeCare Consultants today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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Macular Degeneration Treatment in Centennial

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  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
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  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 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 and 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 EyeCare Consultants today. 

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- Jan. 23, 2023
I have been going to Eyecare Consultants for more than a decade. My experience and the care they pr... ovide is excellent. Appreciate your continued service you provide to the community.
- Jan. 20, 2023
The staff was very helpful and Dr. Diekema was very thorough in the eye exam and making recommendati... ons.
- Dec. 23, 2022
Great customer service from everyone! The doctor was thorough and took her time to answer all my que... stions. I have been going here for several years and will continue.
- Dec. 11, 2022
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- Nov. 17, 2022
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- Nov. 10, 2022
Very friendly staff.
- Oct. 16, 2022
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- Oct. 10, 2022
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- Oct. 03, 2022
I’ve been seeing Dr. Alevras for almost ten years and highly recommend her and the entire staff. T... hey are all friendly, helpful, accommodating, and patient with my high maintenance eyecare needs.
- Sep. 21, 2022
They do a great job.
- Sep. 02, 2022
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- Aug. 19, 2022
The staff and Drs. deserve a congeniality award! Very friendly and accommodating and outstanding ser... vice ideals make for a very comfortable and enjoyable experience. -Richard
- Aug. 18, 2022
was able to get in next day over lunch - one item i didn't like was appointment was 1:30pm, I got th... ere at 1:25 and door was locked. I get you're on lunch, but let me sit in the waiting room in the A/C. Liked an electronic medical history, easy to look up medicines for my history and other stuff (never seen that anywhere before). Enjoyed a $45 option to use a machine instead of having to dilate my eyes and go back to work - worth it. No pressure to buy glasses in the attached store - just paid and went back to work. kinda crazy I've worked nearby for 4 years and never gone because was skeptical of going to a new eye doctor- in and out in about an hour with a full medical eye exam, glasses and contacts, and i asked lots of questions. probably ideal to do the first appointment of the day or after lunch.
- Aug. 17, 2022
Dr. Alevras is a highly experienced, well-trained Doctor of Optometry. Her exams are thorough, she ... listens to concerns, and she explains information clearly. She has been my eye doctor for decades now. I only want to be seen by her for my vision care.
- Aug. 02, 2022
Jodi, the office manager, is amazing and she will answer any questions or concerns that you have. Sh... e really cares about everyone, you will not be treated like a number in this practice. I have been a patient for a number of years and I feel very comfortable there.
- Jul. 11, 2022
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- Jun. 30, 2022
Everyone from the receptionist to the Eye tech to the doctor were very personable and professional. ... They explained everything to me about the tests and the health of my eyes. No pressure to purchase eyewear from them either. I appreciated that!
- Jun. 28, 2022
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- May. 09, 2022
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- Apr. 03, 2022
I went to four different optometrists before being referred to Dr. Alevras. She was the only one wh... o could find a solution for me. It was a huge relief. Staff were also always polite and on point.

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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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