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Macular Degeneration

Macular DegenerationAs a disease usually associated with aging, macular degeneration is also called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), though there are other, less common types of macular degeneration.
 
Macular degeneration symptoms include a gradual loss of central vision needed to perform everyday tasks like driving or reading, and a reduced ability to see small visual details like fine print or patterns.
 
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over age 60, and presents itself in two forms: dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration. Of the two, the “dry” form is far more common. Both affect the center region of the retina, the light-sensitive area in the back of the eye responsible for processing images we see.

Macular Degeneration Statistics

Currently, macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in persons over age 60. Caucasians are far more likely to lose vision from AMD than African Americans, and studies show that obesity, smoking, and exposure to UV rays may also be risk factors for developing the disease.
 
Macular degeneration tends to affect women more than men, and has also been linked to heredity. Nearly 90% of all diagnosed AMD is the dry form.
 

 

Hello from Dr. Jurgensen & Associates

For the safety of our patients and staff, we will be postponing all non-emergency routine exams.

Our office will be limiting our hours during the next few weeks, but we will be here so you are able to pick up glasses and contact lenses, assist you in ordering contact lenses, and answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.

Our office hours for the next few weeks will be:

Monday: closed

Tuesday: 10 am-4 pm

Wednesday: closed

Thursday: 10 am-4 pm

Friday: closed

Saturday: 9 am-12 pm

We appreciate your support during this time.