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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:

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 Primary EyeCare - Spring Hill today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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Macular Degeneration Treatment in Spring Hill

Our optometry practice in Spring Hill

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Hours
  • Monday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Spectera
  • Superior Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Aetna

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 - Spring Hill today. 

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- Feb. 24, 2024
Great experience for my daughter and I!
- Feb. 06, 2024
I started going here acouple years ago for my routine eye appointments when we moved to the area. Al... l the Doctors have been amazing, the front office staff is always friendly and helpful. About a month ago I got a very bad eye infection and lucky came in early and caught it before it got even worse. Dr. Engle treated me and was beyond amazing. He was very knowledgeable on how to get it healed as quick as posisble. It was during the snow storm so I had to miss some appoinntments but Dr. Engle made sure I had a way to contact him incase it got worse or I had any questions or concerns during that time. This office is great and they show that they really care about their patients.
- Jan. 11, 2024
Dr. Engle and staff are extremely nice.
- Dec. 31, 2023
Great staff and Doctor. What else do you want?
- Dec. 15, 2023
Excellent service!!
- Dec. 15, 2023
Great place, no pressure and excellent people.
- Nov. 04, 2023
Dr Young took the time to explain some different things to us and great detail. The exam was not ru... shed.
- Oct. 23, 2023
Love both the doctors AND the staff at this location. I'm always treated kindly and thoughtfully an... d get really good information at my appointments.
- Oct. 07, 2023
Great people! Excellent eye doctors and plenty of options for frames.
- Oct. 06, 2023
The staff is friendly. Dr Wong takes his time and has a gentle way about him. Very pleased
- Sep. 29, 2023
Great team of people
- Sep. 01, 2023
very friendly and fun staff. Dr. Engle is awesome. I had a great experience here 🙂
- Aug. 31, 2023
Dr. Engle and his staff were awesome! I was well taken care of from the time I entered their offic... e till I left. Dr. Engle spent quality time with me which was refreshing and I wasn't rushed or hurried. He even gave me a great recommendation for a doctor who performs eyelid surgery. Wonderful place to go for your eye care.
- Aug. 28, 2023
Such a welcoming & friendly staff. The facility was clean & I was seen in a timely manner. The staff... took the time to make me feel comfortable, listen to my concerns, & educate me. I would definitely recommend this practice as a whole!
- Aug. 14, 2023
The employees at Primary Eye, on Main St, Sp Hill, are so nice and fun (Dr Engle, Crystal, Sam & Mi... ke). Everyone that works there is very personable and knowledgeable. Also- they have different, new technology(since my last exam) for testing your eyes. It was very interesting * For your initial appointment, definitely arrive 15 minutes early, as they ask. I was running late at work & arrived late. It took a while to complete the paperwork (on a tablet). Mike & Sam were there past 5:00 -my fault. I truly recommend this provider 100%. I made an appointment for my 80 year old mother also. Dr Engle is par with Davis (mine) & EyeMed (my mother’s). Of course, always double check with your insurance company before scheduling your appointment. Thank you! Cathy P
- Jul. 23, 2023
Dr. Engle is one of the most caring and personable physicians I ever dealt with. The entire staff is... amazing.
- Jun. 08, 2023
The entire staff is pretty great! From start to finish during my eye exam, I felt heard and seen in ... what I needed switching over to wearing glasses full time. I highly recommend Dr. Engle and his associates at this location!
- May. 22, 2023
I was pleased on all counts. A professional and pleasant experience.
- May. 13, 2023
Top notch service start to finish. The staff is friendly and efficient. Will be coming back for year... s to come.
- Apr. 05, 2023
They took me right in as an emergency. Thank-you so very much. Plus Dr. Engles & Staff are friendly... & can be light hearted.but most of all that were concerned & compassionate. Thank-you..

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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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