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Understanding AMD

Like everything, our eyes are susceptible to the effects of age. And with age, we become particularly vulnerable to a number of eye conditions, including Age-Related Macular Degeneration, commonly known as AMD.

AMD is a condition that damages the macula, or the central portion of the retina. The disease progresses slowly, with little to no warning symptoms, until central vision deteriorates and is often completely lost.

In fact, AMD is the leading cause of blindness among older Americans and is currently found in approximately 6.5% of Americans over the age of 40.

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Symptoms of AMD

Age-related Macular Degeneration can be asymptomatic, meaning symptoms are slow to appear. In fact, symptoms may appear only once the disease has significantly advanced. However, some early indicators include:

  • Loss of central vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Straight lines appearing wavy
  • Oversensitivity to light
  • Difficulty reading, particularly in low light

How Does AMD Form?

The most common form of AMD, dry AMD occurs when small lipid deposits accumulate under the macula, slowly causing damage to its fragile, light-sensitive cells.

Wet AMD is less common and is caused by growing blood vessels under the macula. These blood vessels are typically quite weak, and often leak blood and other fluids, permanently damaging the macula’s delicate, light-sensitive cells.

Risk Factors

Although age-related macular degeneration forms due to the natural aging of the eye, there are a number of additional factors that can contribute. Things like:

  • Family history and genetics
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • UV rays and blue light

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Ashburn

Our Ashburn location is conveniently located in the Ashburn Shopping Plaza, next to the UPS Store.

(703) 726-0005

44050 Ashburn Village Blvd. Suite 163
Ashburn, VA 20147

Monday:    9:30am – 6:00pm

Tuesday:    9:30am – 7:30pm

Wednesday:    9:30am – 6:00pm

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Friday:        9:30am – 5:00pm

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Chantilly

Our Chantilly location is conveniently located on Centreville Road, next to Chantilly Chiropractic.

(703) 830-6380

3910 Centreville Road, Suite 100
Chantilly, VA 20151

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