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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 Eyetique - Stow today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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Macular Degeneration Treatment in Stow

Our optometry practice in Stow

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Hours
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • National Vision Administration (NVA)
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • VBA
  • Metlife
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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 Eyetique - Stow today. 

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Patient Reviews
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- Dec. 22, 2023
The staff was amazing! I recently switched my eye doctor whom I’ve had for my entire life to Eyeti... que and the difference was remarkable! I wish I got the very nice ladies name who helped me pick out my glasses she’s very personable and I loved her smile! The Doctor was nice as well she crossed her T’s and dotted her I’s! Definitely recommending to everyone!
- Dec. 22, 2023
Dr. Tran and the staff at eyetique were absolutely fantastic. Only complaint is that the additional ... $45 fee they charge on top of your co-pay is not disclosed during your booking. Disappointed about the transparency of fee but overall very happy. ** Updating to 5 stars as the practice manager reached out stating they are working on the transparency. This staff really cares about their patients and the quality of service they provide! Highly highly recommend!!
- Sep. 06, 2023
I saw Dr. Tran, and she and everyone else were friendly, professional, prompt, and provided good car... e. In the past, the manager, Marissa, was very helpful with an insurance issue I had. Would recommend.
- Aug. 27, 2023
Thank you Dr. Tran for your thoughtful care!
- Jul. 30, 2023
Prompt and polite staff. Dr. Tran is excellent, always addresses all your concerns.
- Jun. 20, 2023
The whole team at Eyetique was friendly and welcoming! They made me and my daughter feel comfortable... from start to finish.
- Jun. 17, 2023
Awesome staff very helpful and polite Dr Tran is amazing
- May. 21, 2023
The employees was kind and welcoming I would definitely recommend Eyetique to friends and family
- May. 16, 2023
Dr. Tran is very thorough and was very friendly. All the staff was very friendly and helpful.
- Mar. 29, 2023
My eye exam was very thorough and Dr. Tran and the staff were very professional and friendly.
- Feb. 09, 2023
Ok so. They’re really, really nice at this place BUT. I didn’t imagine we’d spend two (maybe a... little over) hours in there so do yourself a favor and plan accordingly. Take a snack maybe.
- Jan. 12, 2023
I highly recommend this place to anyone who needs to get their eyes checked. The doctor was truly am... azing, very friendly staff.
- Dec. 30, 2022
I took my 6 y.o. son to Dr. Jenny Tran to check his vision. He was anxious about his visit. Dr. Tran... was able to calm his nerves. She was very gentle and creative with tools and techniques. The staff at Eyetique is very friendly and accommodating. I would recommend Eyetique to anyone!
- Nov. 22, 2022
Best eye experience ever! I highly recommend Dr. Tran and her staff to all. The atmosphere is except... ionally warm and welcoming. I completely felt everyone not only listened to what I had to say but they honestly heard me as well, which allowed my concerns to be appropriately addressed and resolved.
- Oct. 02, 2022
Top notch. Dr Tran is fantastic. Kind, patient, and highly proficient. Everyone on the staff is grea... t, too. They answered all of my rookie questions with patience and grace.
- Sep. 23, 2022
Had a great experience. Quick to get an appointment. Staff were pleasant. Dr. Tran was wonderful.
- Aug. 26, 2022
Very professional painless
- Jul. 13, 2022
Nice place, organized, professional, everybody was pleasant they knew all of your options and explai... n them well best of all they have Saturday appointments which is the initial reason that we check them out and we are happy that we did!
- Jun. 27, 2022
Dr. Jenny Tran is the Best Optometrist I have visited with in a long time. She is thorough and prec... ise with every technic from start to finish. If you are looking for an Awesome Doctor this is the place to go . The staff is great as well everyone works as a team. I was in on a Tuesday an I got my glass that Friday I was very happy how fast it was as well. Thank you so very much. I will 100% be coming back.
- Apr. 30, 2022
Fixed my Cartier glasses within seconds

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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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