senior woman with AMD

Macular Degeneration

Know your risks and preserve your vision

Schedule Eye Exam

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. 

Man with macular degeneration


Types of Macular Degeneration:

macular degeneration types

  • 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 EyeCare Specialties - O Street today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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 EyeCare Specialties - O Street today. 

Photograph


Give Your Eyes the Care They Deserve

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.

Patient Reviews
4.8
649 Reviews
5
4
3
2
1
- Jun. 06, 2024
They listen and ask the questions that make you feel like they actually care not just pushing their ... agenda like some places
- May. 31, 2024
Love my new doctor. When a doctor can make you feel right at home the first time you meet them, that... is something special. I really enjoyed the style and professionalism of Dr Rogge. She is a Nebraska girl, who knows her stuff!
- May. 21, 2024
Friendly and Knowledgeable staff.
- Apr. 27, 2024
Fast smooth and simple.
- Mar. 27, 2024
Krystal was helpful and listened. Highly recommend!
- Mar. 18, 2024
My experience at EyeCare Specialties was perfect thanks to Andrea Garza. She made my visit quick, ea... sy, and educational. She helped me immensely on choosing frames that best fit me, educating me on my lenses and the different add ons/options, as well as the coverage of my insurance. She was professional and beyond knowledgeable. I am appreciative of her patience and guidance, and look forward to working with her again for any future needs at EyeCare Specialties! Thanks again Andrea!!!
- Mar. 16, 2024
I received Scleral contact lenses from Dr Tyler Lee and his Awesome team. The fit and comfort of th... e lenses is the best.
- Mar. 10, 2024
I’m thankful for the expertise that I received in selecting the eyeglass frames and lens configura... tion that has helped me to see the best overall distance and near in years.
- Feb. 18, 2024
Everyone is so helpful and friendly. I love seeing Dr Rogge!!
- Dec. 18, 2023
First off, I have great respect for Krystal Rogge. She is very professional and understands prism, w... hich is hard to find. Staff is very helpful and willing to go the extra mile to take care of you.
- Dec. 14, 2023
Super nice staff! Been going here for years!
- Dec. 07, 2023
My daughter & I saw Krystal Rogge for the first time. I’ve never felt so comfortable, & well taken... care of! Very happy with our experience & we will both continue to see her!
- Dec. 04, 2023
I ordered safety glasses. Justin worked with me to ensure the order came through accurately. Everyon... e here is nice.
- Nov. 21, 2023
A big thank you to Sandra Powell at the O street location. She assisted me with new glasses. Very pr... ofessional, an asset to the company!
- Oct. 13, 2023
excellent experience!!!
- Sep. 22, 2023
Everyone greets you with a smile and is friendly. The optician was very helpful with selecting new f... rames that I really like.
- Sep. 03, 2023
Good people work here! Dr. Kimberly Tucker and the entire staff are friendly and very thorough with... eyecare! Great Job!
- Aug. 25, 2023
Like the Dr & staff
- Jun. 23, 2023
Eye Care is a great place to have your eyes checked
- May. 21, 2023
Efficient and precise!

View All 649 Reviews

Macular Degeneration Treatment in Lincoln

Our optometry practice in Lincoln

Photograph of Doug  Harshman
Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Spectera
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • EyeMed
  • Blue Cross

senior couple with AMD wearing glasses

Don’t let AMD stop you from doing the things you love.

Schedule Eye Exam