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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 Beavercreek Vision Center today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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Macular Degeneration Treatment in Beavercreek

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Hours
  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
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  • Aetna
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  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
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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 Beavercreek Vision Center today. 

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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 23, 2024
Great eye doctor. Very caring and thorough. He didn’t push things not really needed!
- Feb. 22, 2024
My eye exam was thorough. The staff is friendly.I did not have to wait when I arrived at my appointm... ent.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Very professional. Easy to schedule, staff was polite and explained in detail. Front office was help... ful. Dr. Jones was considerate and my vision test went well. She answered my questions.
- Jan. 18, 2024
Wonderful staff. Dr. Tran is thorough and thoughtful during his exams. Look for to my yearly exam ev... ery year.
- Jan. 01, 2024
Always great service, and very thorough.
- Dec. 24, 2023
Loved the place.
- Dec. 15, 2023
Five stars for the staff! They are welcoming, personal, and attentive - but most of all patient! Lik... e many people these days, I struggle with decision fatigue so I take forever when choosing frames and I didn't feel rushed or shamed for how long I was taking or for asking for advice on how they looked. They gave me genuine opinions on them rather than saying they all looked good to get me to choose one. I think maybe they need more fashionable frame options in affordable price ranges so that customers do not feel they need to go elsewhere to get frames they really like. It may just be me as I am picky and have specific preferences.
- Dec. 12, 2023
Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend. Also, thanks to Betty for helping my daughter repla... ce her broken frames right before closing time so she could have them in time for a school concert.
- Dec. 07, 2023
The staff and eye doctor was very welcoming and respectful to my grandson,who has autism. Made him v... ery comfortable
- Dec. 06, 2023
Excellent work and have reasonable prices. Good selection of frames especially the ones with nose b... ridges.
- Dec. 01, 2023
The last behind the desk, I believe her name is Penny, she was so amazing and so sweet. Probably the... nicest person I have ever made contact with in a professional setting. She literally brightened my daughter's and my day with her wonderful energy, making us also feel so welcome. The guy begging the counter was so amazing too! He spoke with the doctor for my daughter and was able to get her in the next day because she was having pain in her eye, which turned out to be a scratch. The doctor was also so nice and so sweet. She made my daughter feel so comfortable, especially since she was super nervous. I absolutely loved this place and all their staff. This is definitely where my entire family will be coming from here on out! Thank you so much! I highly highly recommend this place for all of your families eye care needs!
- Nov. 29, 2023
I had my very first visit here on 11/28 for a basic eye exam. The staff are very friendly and I rece... ived a warm welcome. Dr. Jones was very pleasant, took her time with me and explained things thoroughly and in a way I could understand. Very happy with this establishment and will return for future visits.
- Nov. 27, 2023
This is the best place to go in the dayton area. Penny greets you at the front desk and has a cheerf... ul smile. The Dr's. are extremely helpful and take the time with there patients. Lisa was so very kind, sweet hearted. She helped myself and my four year old to pick out glasses and get them ordered. Betty was helpful when we picked up our glasses and took the time we needed with my daughter, we greatly appreciate all the staff and the hard work they do each and every day.
- Nov. 20, 2023
Very friendly and knowledgeable.
- Nov. 17, 2023
I had the best experience! All of the office staff were excellent. They made me feel welcome and at ... home. The man at the front desk is very helpful. The assistant who took the pictures of my eyes is very nice and has a lot of patience. The doc is very efficient and nice. I can't say enough good things about the ladies assisting with the glasses and check out. They are awesome!
- Oct. 24, 2023
Great job!
- Oct. 23, 2023
Friendly, professional and affordable
- Oct. 22, 2023
They helped me update my reading and far away glasses and Dr. Tran was very thorough in explaining ... the state of my vision. Penny was very helpful, and everyone was kind.
- Oct. 10, 2023
My eye was really irritated plus I needed an eye exam and they were able to get me in on the same da... y. My kids and I have been seeing Dr. Jones for three years now. My husband sees one of the other doctors, so overall we’re really pleased with this office.
- Sep. 16, 2023
Great experience! Amazing and accommodating staff. Dr. Tran is the best!

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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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