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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 Envision Optics today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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Macular Degeneration Treatment in East El Paso

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Hours
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross

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 Envision Optics today. 

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Patient Reviews
- Feb. 25, 2023
Super friendly staff! It was my first time seeing Dr. Soto and she was knowledgeable and precise.
- Sep. 02, 2022
Excellent service, friendly staff and great atmosphere. Even if I didn’t have vision coverage, I w... ould pay out of pocket. Hands down, the best eye place!
- May. 04, 2022
My experience was awesome. This was my first visit outside of military care. The staff was very prof... essional and I was seen on time. The intake nurse was very thorough on my health history and made me feel at ease. The doctor and the nurse knew what my insurance covered, and what it did not. I specifically told the doctor what I needed and he obliged. I will definitely return next year.
- Dec. 09, 2021
Always a pleasant visit very helpful and great selections
- Dec. 03, 2021
Dr. Soto was very thorough, staff did an amazing job helping me with my glasses.
- Jul. 20, 2020
2m ago was my very first time to the George Dieter office and I was treated extremely nice. I love t... hat their door was locked to keepceveryonevsafe, they greeted me at the door and took my temp let me clean my gloved hands. Nothing but safe. I found my new eye clinic. Thank you.
- Mar. 25, 2020
I love it there, the service is always great. And the doctors as well
- Sep. 21, 2019
In my 64 years of living, this was the most thorough eye exam I've ever had. Dr. McIntosh took the t... ime to explain each test and the results. The entire staff was very courteous and professional, getting me in and out with almost no waiting time. This is the place to go for your eyecare needs.
- Aug. 28, 2019
Really great Dr and superb support staff. Excellent prices on higher end frames like Ray-Ban and eve... n Harley Davidson. Unbelievable turn-around time from visit to ready for pickup, under a week! Will be bringing the family here for their yearly exams too.
- Jul. 07, 2019
So I drove 3 Hours to this office and was amazed at the fantastic service. The technician was fast a... nd helpful, Andrew was funny and friendly, and Arturo was absolutely fantastic. Very insightful team. Making the trip to go back. Also helped us around El Paso and have good insight on other things!
- Jun. 12, 2019
They are such a joy to work with. Friendly. They do there best to make you happy.
- Sep. 12, 2018
Customer service is outstanding the ladies really helped me out when i suddenly found myself out of ... lenses and in a real bind
- Mar. 13, 2018
Took in a pair of glasses to ask for adjustments. They were cheerful and quick to fix the glasses a... t no charge for my Dad.
- Jun. 27, 2017
Very good place and great service

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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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