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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 Insight Vision Center - Olathe today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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  • Monday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 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 Insight Vision Center - Olathe today. 

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- Apr. 03, 2024
Dr. Troyer and the staff at this location were amazing! They were all friendly, prompt, and informat... ive! I look forward to establishing care with them from here on out.
- Mar. 29, 2024
I’m 23 and have been coming here since my preteen years. I’ve never once had a bad experience. I... ’ve seen a few different drs and every one has been patient and kind. Receptionists are always nice and helpful! I even lived in Lawrence for a few years and would drive back every year for my annual eye exam. Would absolutely recommend!!
- Mar. 25, 2024
Dr. Troyers agreed to see me on short notice. He answered my growing questions. He was honest and... kind. I would recommend all of the Dr.'s at Insight to everyone.
- Mar. 22, 2024
Fast & easy service, I appreciate that the doctor took the time to explain and show me the results o... f my exam and what it all means to my vision health!
- Mar. 09, 2024
Convenient location. Great eye exam. Great doc. Nice people.
- Mar. 02, 2024
I was very impressed. I was wearing one contact with mediocre vision. Dr. Bozsa showed me that I co... uld wear two contacts and improve my close up and far away vision. Now, my night vision is so much better and far away vision is very crisp and clear. So grateful that she took the time to help me find a better solution to seeing better!
- Jan. 27, 2024
Everyone was very friendly and professional. I appreciate Garrett and the time he spent helping me f... igure out my insurance issues.
- Jan. 26, 2024
Lauren and office staff are fantastic, never a bad visit. Competitive pricing and a great experience... each visit.
- Jan. 24, 2024
I love this office! Dr. Neal Troyer is very pleasant and personable, and the office staff were so he... lpful and nice.
- Jan. 07, 2024
Insight Vision - Dr. Troyer is awesome!!
- Aug. 13, 2023
I’ve been going to this location for years and they doctors and staff are always friendly and prof... essional.
- Jul. 22, 2023
Great experience! The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. I left feeling assured ab... out my eye health. Thanks for the great service!
- Jul. 16, 2023
Insight Vision Center Olathe is a terrifically professional and responsive Center. I highly commend ... and recommend Dr. Neal Troyer and the Insight Vision Center staff.
- Jul. 12, 2023
Everyone was very kind and knowledgeable, no one was pushy. I was really impressed
- May. 01, 2023
What a great experience and great customer service. They will work with you and listen to you.
- Feb. 15, 2023
Everyone at this location is amazing. I’ve had interactions with several and they were all incredi... bly helpful, patient and kind!
- Jan. 12, 2023
This is the best vision center I've been to. I love the front office staff; they are pleasant and he... lpful and always want to be sure our needs are met. They were a huge help when I was looking for frames that fit my budget and were still cute. And Dr. Marr has been fantastic. After years of not being able to wear contacts (after going from single vision to multi-focal) I can. I never feel rushed during my appointments with him and I feel like he really wants to figure out the best solution to whatever my eye issues are. Highly recommend this office!
- Dec. 20, 2022
Staff is very friendly.
- Dec. 06, 2022
Great experience - quick turn around on glasses.
- Nov. 29, 2022
I've been a patient here for 3 or 4 years. Excellent front office staff and technicians! Doctors are... very efficient and courteous. The communication leading up to my appointment ensured I would not forget or miss it and the preparation after my appointment to discuss my contact order was excellent. Great place, all around!

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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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