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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:

macular degeneration types

  • 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 Insight Vision Center - Lenexa today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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Macular Degeneration Treatment in Lenexa

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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 Insight Vision Center - Lenexa today. 

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- Apr. 01, 2024
Great staff. Very responsive. Dr. Marr goes above and beyond.
- Mar. 11, 2024
I have been going to Insight Vision Center for several years now. I love the care I receive from the... entire staff. The team there is efficient and work with patients to give them the best care possible. I especially like that I can purchase glasses where I received my exam. Thanks, Insight team!
- Jan. 31, 2024
Quality eye care. Very professional and understanding about all eye care needs.
- Jan. 27, 2024
Staff is always friendly and helpful. Dr. Marr does a great job of explaining options and educating ... on benefits/risks of these choices to treat dry eyes.
- Jan. 12, 2024
Great and at staff and top notch treatment.
- Jan. 01, 2024
Lindsey and team are awesome! Dr Marr is super personable! Highly recommend.
- Dec. 01, 2023
Great and fun staff, caring and detailed Dr. Marr and a last minute appointment before Thanksgiving....
- Nov. 13, 2023
Dr Marr is patient and knowledgeable. He answered all my questions. I had to bring my two months old... with me for my appointment. Everybody at the office is very nice about it. I’ve been going to insight vision for couple years and will come back here for my appointment next year.
- Nov. 10, 2023
Perfect customer service!
- Sep. 23, 2023
A great experience.
- Sep. 16, 2023
Dr Marr is the only eye specialist I will see. His attention and expertise is superb. His staff is c... aring and efficient. A great experience every year!
- Sep. 13, 2023
Great service! Very friendly staff!
- Sep. 06, 2023
Awesome care from Dr. Marr and the staff.
- Aug. 22, 2023
I highly recommend Dr. Marr and the staff at Insight Vision Center. Very helpful and friendly and al... so will price match on contacts.
- Aug. 05, 2023
A great team who shows how much they care. They make you feel comfortable.
- Jun. 13, 2023
Knowledgeable staff, and I appreciate Dr. Kyle's expertise. He takes good care of my eye health.
- Jun. 08, 2023
The staff here is very helpful and professional to meet all our vision needs. Dr. Marr is great at ... provide care for the exam and addressing my dry eye issues. Lindsey is great at looking into our vision benefits and helping us maximize the benefits. Overall, they have been great for years of services that we have been there.
- Mar. 18, 2023
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- Mar. 09, 2023
Staff and doctor are very friendly and thorough.
- Mar. 08, 2023
AWESOME CARE!! Thank you

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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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