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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 Carolina Family Vision 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 Carolina Family Vision today. 

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- Mar. 11, 2024
Dr. Nima Naik is absolutely the best. I highly recommend this business. I tried a few other places a... nd none had the kind of customer service I have rec’d from Carolina Family Vision.
- Nov. 17, 2023
I had a great experience with Dr. Ruvina Ravasignhe, O.D. . She took the time to answer all my quest... ions regarding my vision changes. Nicole at the front desk is just fabulous and was able to answer all my questions about insurance as well as assisting with setting up my daughter's appointment. I am so happy I switched to this providers.
- Nov. 14, 2023
Dr Sawyer is kind, helpful and thoughtful. He is thorough and takes time to educate you. Highly reco... mmend if you suffer from dry eye or Sjogrens. The staff is always super sweet, too.
- Oct. 13, 2023
I cannot say enough wonderful things about my experience at Carolina Family Vision today! After hav... ing a difficult experience at another optometrist I needed a second opinion. A friend recommended Carolina Family Vision. I got in the same day and was greeted by the front desk with awesome friendly help and did not have to wait at all. Dr. Naik and office manager Denise Jones went the extra mile to make sure I was comfortable in my new contacts. I have found my new vision center home.
- Sep. 20, 2023
I hadn't been to an optometrist in quite a few years and needed a new prescription. Everyone on the ... team was friendly, and I felt like they all took the time to listen.
- Apr. 13, 2023
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- Apr. 07, 2023
Just had my annual exam there today. Dr. Naik was amazing!!!! Loved their selection of glasses and a... ll the help from Denise. Thank you!!!!
- Mar. 31, 2023
Excellent service no surprises been going for years whole family goes never a bad experience
- Mar. 30, 2023
Great new doc, this year. Friendly, informative, and knowledgeable! Front house staff also amazing a... nd helpful and friendly!
- Mar. 29, 2023
Excellent prompt service from a professional staff. A very pleasant experience.
- Mar. 28, 2023
Great experience, very knowledgeable & explained everything. Great staff!
- Mar. 14, 2023
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- Mar. 13, 2023
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- Mar. 08, 2023
The doctors and staff at Carolina Family Vision are awesome! They listen to you and do their very be... st to make your experience with them pleasurable and beneficial. They go above and beyond for their patients! I am. Denise Jones, the office manager, deserves kudos for the way she bends over backwards for patients!
- Mar. 02, 2023
Doctor and staff very professional and patient. They explain each step as they go making your visit... go smoothly. Absolutely recommend them.
- Mar. 01, 2023
Hello, I stopped by to pick up my glasses today and the young lady was very very nice and gave me he... r complete attention and did all she could do to solve the issue with my glasses. Sorry I didn't catch her name but she knows who she is. Lol Everyone there has been nice as well. Thanks to all, Danny C.
- Feb. 28, 2023
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- Feb. 28, 2023
My Granddaughter said that you were great ;very professional! Carolina family Vision rocks!!!
- Feb. 25, 2023
I moved to the area a year and a half ago and needed to find a new eye doctor. I took a chance and m... ade an appointment at Carolina Family Vision and saw Dr. Will Sawyer last August. I couldn’t ask for a better eye doctor! I have had issues with my vision for about 10 years but no one was able to tell me what it was or why until I met Dr. Sawyer. I also have very dry eyes and thought it was just something I had to live with but I’ve learned that I have treatment options. Dr. Sawyer and the amazing staff at Carolina Family Vision are all so friendly and kind and I’m so glad I found them. I wish I knew the names of the girls at the front desk because they are awesome! One lovely girl in particular always greats me by name and it’s the little things like that that mean so much! Thank you!
- Feb. 17, 2023
Absolutely incredible! Fed up with my current contacts and having been five years since an exam I de... cided at the last minute to go get checked and order some more eyewear. Walking in at 1PM the Carolina family vision team still got me in despite closing at 2PM! Extra thanks to the office manager for taking the time to help me and additional mention to the Dr. for removing debris from my eye that had been imbedded for who knows how long... 😳 One more loyal customer added to the list. No need to look for another place!

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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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