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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 Primary EyeCare - Brentwood. 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 Primary EyeCare - Brentwood. today. 

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- Apr. 09, 2024
Dr. Engle and the rest of the staff at Primary EyeCare in Brentwood are amazing. Always helpful, fri... endly and knowledgeable. They are happy to take the time to answer any questions and make sure you are comfortable with the exams and testing.
- Apr. 08, 2024
Highly recommend! I had my appointment with Jessica Ditto and she was amazing!
- Mar. 12, 2024
I'd been going to America's Best for years but in the last year, I was never happy with my vision. I... 'd have to take glasses off to talk to someone, but put them on to see far. It was frustrating. A friend recommended Primary EyeCare and I made an appt online. Dr Martin spent so much time with me, explaining why my vision was getting wonky (I'm getting old) and she gave me a few options. After Lasik worked but my eyes had changed over time, I'd asked for contacts at another doc and they told me contacts would be too uncomfortable. Dr Martin suggested them herself and let me try a sample, also suggesting monovision. The ladies who helped with pretesting and choosing glasses/lenses are also stellar. I also liked their selection of frames and found a few options. I'm really happy with my optometrist change and feel I have more knowledge about my eyes and vision than I had before.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Out of all my experiences with the healthcare industry as a professional and a patient I cannot thin... k of a nicer person than Dr. Engle. Absolute champ and knowledgable. Thank for helping me out.
- Nov. 08, 2019
This is an enjoyable place to visit even if you’re going to the doctor :-). The doctors are quite ... capable and enjoyable people. The people that help you pick out glass frames are good at what they do and the ladies behind the front desk are also top notch!
- Nov. 07, 2019
I have severe case of dry eye and for years I could not wear contacts since I’ve been seeing Dr. p... ace my dry eyes have improved 99% and as of today I’m wearing contacts my eyes feel great. Love this place all of the doctors are great.
- Oct. 29, 2019
This is the best in vision care! I love going here and can rest assured I’m receiving the best car... e available in Nashville!!!
- Oct. 23, 2019
They are always first class. Dr Van Hoven diagnosed my diabetes before my primary doctor did.
- Oct. 22, 2019
I always have a great experience when I come to see Dr. Engel. The staff is very friendly, efficient... , and there are no lengthy wait times. Dr. Engel is interested in making sure I get the best care possible and right solutions for my eyesight and any issues I may have. He doesn’t just push the newest, most-expensive products. I appreciate the consideration!
- Oct. 09, 2019
Very grateful for all the love and care my 4 year old received.
- Oct. 07, 2019
Always friendly and feel taken care of!
- Oct. 07, 2019
Great staff throughout the practice. Great selection of frames.
- Oct. 02, 2019
Love them here! Dr. VanHoven and his staff always make us feel welcomed and cared for. I would ref... er anyone to them!
- Sep. 30, 2019
My experience at Primary Eye Care is always 100 percent rewarding. From the moment I enter all staff... members are professional and welcoming. Dr. Van Hoven is brilliant; the ultimate and best physician ever! He makes me feel right at home!
- Sep. 25, 2019
Another wonderful visit! Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I can't recommend this place enough.
- Sep. 24, 2019
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- Sep. 21, 2019
I appreciate y’all, especially your patience with trying to help me find a contact lens that fits ... my eye well!
- Sep. 19, 2019
Thorough exam and friendly employees. I will recommend this place to friends and family.
- Sep. 16, 2019
I have seen Dr Vanhoven for years. He is an amazing eye doctor and I will never ever see anyone else... . I recently had a eye concern that he referred me to be treated and bc of that the condition has been resolved; however he took the time to explain what it is and has also been excellent with explaining why my vision is changing, I’m 45 almost 46. He reassured me that this normal and is doing everything he can to “kick the can” as far as we can with lenses etc to ease me into the bi-focal world!! I highly recommend him as he is very patient d really takes the time to address any and all eye care concerns:)
- Sep. 13, 2019
I have loved Primary Eyecare Group of Brentwood from my very first visit there. The girls at the fro... nt are always so welcoming and helpful, and the girls in the back are efficient and knowledgeable. I have seen Dr. Van Hoven a couple of times and love his personality/bedside manner. I always enjoy seeing him for my annual eye exams. Recently, I was having some issues with my contacts and was quickly seen by Dr. Pace; she did an excellent job. She listened to me, was very thorough and we resolved the problem. My only problem now is...how can I choose between the two!? Regardless of who you see, you can not go wrong with this place, I recommend it to everyone!

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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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