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401 W. Fairmont Pkwy. Ste. A

La Porte, TX 77571

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La Porte Vision Center

Stages of Macular Degeneration

​There are three stages of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Early AMD – Most people do not experience visual symptoms in the early stage of AMD, which is why periodic eye exams are important,  especially if you have more than one risk factor. Early AMD is diagnosed by the presence of yellow deposits beneath the retina-called drusen.

Intermediate AMD – At this stage of the disease, there may be some vision loss, but you still may not have noticeable symptoms. A comprehensive eye exam with specific tests will look for larger drusen and/or pigment changes in the retina.

Late AMD – At this stage, vision loss has become noticeable. Symptoms include straight lines appearing wavy/crooked, or central vision appears blurry.

Risk Factors

​Age is the biggest risk factor for Macular Degeneration. Risk for the disease increases as you age, and is most likely to occur at age of

55 and older.

Other risk factors include:

Genetics – Family history of AMD increases risk.

Race – Caucasians are more likely to develop the disease than African-Americans or Hispanics/Latinos.

Smoking – Smoking doubles the risk of AMD.

The human eye can be compared to a camera. The macula would be the central and most sensitive area of the so-called film. When it is working properly, the macula collects highly detailed images at the center of the field of vision and sends them up the optic nerve to the brain.  When the cells of the macula deteriorate, images are not received correctly. In the early stages of macular degeneration vision is not affected. Once the disease progresses, people experience wavy or blurred vision, and, if the condition continues to worsen, central vision can be completely lost. Advanced cases of macular degeneration can leave people legally blind. Because the rest of the retina is still working, they retain their peripheral vision, which is not as clear as central vision.

What is Macular Degeneration?

​Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss. This condition affects more than 10 million Americans – more than cataracts and glaucoma combined. Currently, Macular Degeneration is considered an incurable eye disease.

Macular Degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina. The retina is the inside back layer of the eye that records the images we see and sends them via the optic nerve from the eye to the brain. The central portion of the retina, known as the macula, is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye It controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces or colors, and see objects in fine detail.

Treatment for Macular Degeneration

Currently there is no cure for Macular Degeneration, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk and affect progression once you’ve been diagnosed. Options such as dieting, exercise, avoiding smoking, and protecting your eyes from ultraviolet light can slow progression.