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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 Woodbury Eye Clinic today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


Give Your Eyes the Care They Deserve

Eyes of Mendota merged with the Woodbury Eye Clinic office to provide you with the best eye care experience. Please call us at (651) 436-3356 if you have any questions.


Macular Degeneration Treatment in Woodbury

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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 Woodbury Eye Clinic today. 

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- Feb. 22, 2024
My 91-year-old grandmother had a stroke 9 months ago and lost a lot of her peripheral vision on her ... right side. Dr. Cole and his team have assisted her with slowly regaining some of that vision. The goal is not to get her driving again, but rather to just improve that peripheral vision so she can ambulate safely around her assisted living building. Not only has her vision improved, but so has her confidence and positive outlook. Having been very close to my grandmother for the majority of my life, I have watched how seniors are often treated as though there is no upside to aging. That is not the case at Woodbury EyeCare. In fact, we moved all of her eyecare from a different clinic that felt like a factory to Woodbury EyeCare because she has been treated so well. Thank you to everyone there for the outstanding work! We are very grateful!
- Jan. 27, 2024
This was my first experience at the Woodbury Eye Clinic. Dr. Nguyen made me feel comfortable from t... he get-go. She is extremely knowledgeable and takes time to listen to (and answer) any questions that you might have. I will definitely return to this clinic again for my yearly eye exam!
- Jan. 03, 2024
My doctor is freaking amazing
- Dec. 03, 2023
I always have a good experience at the Woodbury Eyecare Clinic
- Oct. 13, 2023
I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t been referred to Dr. Cole. It has been life changing a... fter my TBI. I can’t thank him and his team enough.
- Oct. 05, 2023
Great staff and Dr Cole was very friendly. They were able to get me in on a last minute emergency ap... pointment because I had something in my eye. Felt instant relief and was relieved they were able to accommodate me and get me in right away!
- Sep. 30, 2023
Very thorough and professional
- Sep. 25, 2023
From the time I walked in, everyone was friendly and professional, I felt from the beginning of the ... appointment that I was in good hands and that if anyone can help me through my concussion, I'm in the best place.
- Sep. 04, 2023
I’ve been a return customer with my family since 2007 and never been disappointed.
- Jul. 01, 2023
Dr. Cole is ah-mazing!!!!!!! Love it there!!! We receive our family eye care yearly. Dr. Cole doe... s an excellent job at explaining the visual system and overall health. My son received vision therapy and is doing great, l love the care we get.
- Jun. 30, 2023
I came here after being with another provider for years. I felt the other places service and experie... nce was declining, so based on reviews I tried Woodbury Eye Clinic. I was not disappointed. The service and care by everyone was amazing. Dr. Nguyen was phenomenal!! I’ve already recommended her to two friends.
- Jun. 19, 2023
Great staff. Excellent eye care in fulfilling my prescription. They had great knowledge of their pro... duct and gave excellent customer service.
- Apr. 12, 2023
Edited from one star to five stars based on subsequent experience. I had an issue after my first pho... ne call getting them to work with my insurance, but they very quickly did. Most importantly, I have seen incredible progress after just five visits. I went from having blurry vision (after a concussion) 30% of the time to not at all. I also noticed a huge improvement in my ability to focus and work. I was fatigued before, and now I have tons of energy. Everyone has noticed that I'm feeling better. If you are having any issues, definitely try vision therapy, and definitely do the exercises as prescribed.
- Apr. 04, 2023
Nice inviting place with capable staff and doctors.
- Mar. 24, 2023
I found Kim Nguyen, O.D. and staff to be knowledgeable, professional, and kind.
- Mar. 21, 2023
I had a head injury that was causing headaches and vision problems. Dr. Trent Cole and his staff pro... vided extraordinary care. I have recovered extremely well. I feel incredibly lucky to be their patient.
- Mar. 12, 2023
This place is great for optimal vision function. Grateful I found them!
- Mar. 10, 2023
Why doesn't EVERY eye doctor test for all the things Dr. Cole tests for? This clinic goes above and... beyond any "normal" eye exam and really addresses the whole person by helping correct issues with not only vision, but with how the brain is visually comprehending the world around it. LOVE it!
- Feb. 17, 2023
The staff is great and very professional. I saw Dr. Nguyen and she was very helpful.
- Feb. 16, 2023
On time with everything had the right answer fory eyes

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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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