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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 Vision Care Crossroads today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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Macular Degeneration Treatment in Crossroads

Our optometry practice in Crossroads

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  • Monday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
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Insurance Plans
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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 Vision Care Crossroads today. 

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Patient Reviews
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- Apr. 25, 2024
I 100% recommend Dr. Sam Hsu. I have been going to see him for about 20 years and he has always bee... n friendly, courteous, knowledgeable, and willing to explain everything to a level of detail that satisfies my curiosity. He also has an amazing memory and it's like we just talked yesterday when I go to see him. See you next year Sam. Also, to give a little extra context about my 5-star rating. My insurance changed and I chose to pay out of pocket to continue to see him this year. The staff was very clear and helpful about what any tests and procedures would add to the bill.
- Mar. 24, 2024
Just wanted to give a shoutout to Dr. Sam Hsu - seriously impressive! I dropped by last month and ha... d an awesome experience. Dr. Hsu is a total pro, explained everything clearly and had a great knack for making me feel comfortable. What blew me away was how he knew the ins and outs of insurance. Saved me some cash by working out what my plan covered. Total lifesaver. Plus, the ladies at the front desk are always friendly and helpful, putting patient's needs at the first place. The clinic has a cool, laid-back vibe that instantly puts me at ease. Highly recommend
- Feb. 28, 2024
We have been visiting Dr.Hsu for more than a decade. what a wonderful doctor. I recommend to anyone ... for annual eye check ups
- Feb. 27, 2024
I had my first visit to Vision Care yesterday and my appointment was with Dr. Yu. She was amazing, s... o helpful and kind, as were the staff. I am happy to finally find a new eye doctor I trust. Thank you Vision Care & Dr. Yu!
- Feb. 10, 2024
Always great experiences here at this eye doctor's office. Both of the Doctors at this location are ... amazing. The front desk staff are friendly and efficient. I recommend 100%!
- Jan. 30, 2024
We've been going to Dr. Hsu for 20 years; he's great! We also really appreciate the staff wearing ma... sks for our visit.
- Jan. 29, 2024
Awesome staff, Awesome doctor & great selections
- Jan. 26, 2024
Dr. Minha Lee is skilled and professional and listens to her patients. The staff are great to work w... ith, too.
- Jan. 18, 2024
The doctor and staff are very professional and caring!
- Dec. 30, 2023
Our family has seen Dr. Sam Hsu for over ten years…always love our annual chats. Staff is efficien... t, consistent, and super helpful
- Nov. 07, 2023
overall great experiences! Doctors are professional, efficient, and nice to work with. Friendly admi... n staff as well!
- Nov. 02, 2023
Good place and very nice people including doctors.
- Oct. 07, 2023
Excellent practice! Dr. Lee took time to explain the results of the exam. Will be returning with t... he whole family!
- Sep. 19, 2023
VISION CARE CROSSROAD has Excellent staff. If you are needing vision care go see Dr. HSU OR DR. LEE.... The staff is great and wonderful selection of glasses available. Easy parking and location easy to find. Fun shops nearby. Trustworthy vision care!
- Aug. 25, 2023
Dr. Hsu is great! and the staff are helpful and friendly. I have been visiting Dr. Hsu for my annual... eye exam from last 5 years.
- Aug. 15, 2023
The staff was exceptionally friendly, and Dr. Minha Lee was outstanding. I didn't feel hurried at al... l. Dr. Lee took the time to answer all my questions and provided detailed explanations
- Aug. 03, 2023
Dr Sam Hsu is thorough and friendly and addresses all your concerns. I really recommend his practice...
- Jul. 29, 2023
Dr. Li puts her patients first.
- Jul. 20, 2023
Dr. Minha Lee is an amazing optometrist-- very knowledgeable and proficient and caring. So glad tha... t she's my optometrist!
- May. 21, 2023
Our family has been going to Vision Care for almost a decade. All the staff are friendly, caring and... professional. Dr. Sam, and Dr. Lee go above and beyond. Dr. Sam gets to know the families and he understands our needs (sports, jobs, and even sleep patterns) to recommend our eye cares. What I really love about them is that they genuinely care, I had an eye infection and had an appointment scheduled. My child's eye check appointment was a few days earlier than my appointment. While I was there for my child's appointment, Dr. Sam saw me and told me that he would take care of me right then too instead of waiting for my appointment. His patients' well-being are important to him.

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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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