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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 Revision Optix - Greenville 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 Revision Optix - Greenville today. 

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- Mar. 31, 2024
The staff was very friendly yet professional and I had my eye exam done on time!
- Mar. 30, 2024
Love Revision! I have been going to the Simpsonville office for years. I tried the downtown office a... nd they are just as wonderful. Always helpful with great selection and good prices.
- Mar. 01, 2024
Excellent all around. Convenient to get to, knowledgeable doctor and staff. Everyone is friendly. Eq... uipment is up to date, nice environment.
- Jan. 19, 2024
Went for an eye exam for my DL renewal at the Greenville office. This is a great group. Have been wi... th them for many years. State of the art technology. Great experience! I go every 10 yrs or so. Will be going more often now.
- Jan. 12, 2024
Outstanding staff and optometrist!
- Jan. 05, 2024
Dr Stephens was great and the facility was clean and up to date
- Jan. 03, 2024
I needed a same day appointment to ease my fears about an eye issue. I called to see if there were a... ny cancellations and there was. I was seen within 2 hours of my call. They never disappoint! The entire staff is always courteous, knowledgable and professional.
- Dec. 19, 2023
Everyone here has always been very friendly, enjoyable and professional! Veronica has been more than... accommodating on multiple occasions and makes me want to keep coming back, even if it's just to adjust my eye glass frames.
- Nov. 23, 2023
We were greeted cordially and within a few minutes taken into the examining room by the tech. (forgo... t name) She is professional yet friendly and easy to talk to. The Simpsonville/Greenville staff is friendly, approachable and efficient and I like working with them. I few years ago, that wasn't my experience and I was looking.for a new doctor. The transformation is remarkable. Dr. Sean has been my doctor for several years and has treated my several problems with my eyes. He is great - professional, approachable and competent as is the other doctor, the optometrists and the rest.
- Aug. 11, 2023
I had a great experience and this is my third pair of glasses I’ve purchased from them, Lori was v... ery helpful and even postponed her lunch to take care of me
- Aug. 04, 2023
So impressed with Dr Steven’s team! Thank you! Glad to see such an amazing selection of eye glass ... frames that I haven’t seen elsewhere in Greenville. Very exciting. Hard to decide, but fun with all the choices. Laurie S
- Aug. 03, 2023
I was very impressed with my experience with Laura. She was highly recommended from a friend. I wa... s unsure of the right look and prescription and she took her time to show me what was best. Thank you ❤️
- Jul. 20, 2023
Laura has been an enormous help. I have a challenging prescription and she knows which frames, lens... es and brands would be best for me. She listened to me and provided personalized service from beginning to end. I have nothing but praise for her and Revision Optix.
- Jul. 20, 2023
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- Jul. 15, 2023
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- Jul. 07, 2023
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- Jun. 09, 2023
LOVE this place. If i’m paying a good chunk of money I like lots of tests to be ran and analyzed. ... They did just that. Wonderful and thorough and kind and just great. Office was pristine and smelled of nice vanilla too. Just a great experience all around.
- May. 12, 2023
Very friendly and easy to work with, I had my Cartiers adjusted and so my surprise they were able to... tighten my frames. Now I went to several other opticians and they wouldn’t even touch my frames lol. However, Revisions took care of me complimentary I would absolutely recommend them!
- May. 05, 2023
The young woman who checked me in for my 8am appointment was energetic and was very cheerful. Greete... d with a smile.
- May. 03, 2023
I recently visited the optics center and was thoroughly impressed with their exceptional service and... knowledgeable staff. From the moment I walked in, the team was incredibly friendly and accommodating, taking the time to answer all of my questions and ensuring I felt comfortable throughout the entire process. Overall, I highly recommend this optics center for anyone in need of quality eye care and fashionable eyewear.

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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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