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Macular Degeneration

Have you noticed your vision worsening with age?

Central vision loss could be a sign of macular degeneration.

The board-certified doctors at Ohio Vision in Sidney, OH, can help you detect and manage the symptoms of this eye disease.

What Is Macular Degeneration?

The macula is the center of the retina. When the macula starts to deteriorate, the eye's central vision worsens. Macular degeneration can make it difficult for patients to see and process information in their central field of vision.  

Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

  • Central vision loss
  • Straight lines appearing crooked
  • Needing more light to read
  • Changes in color perception
  • Changes in vision quality
  • Trouble adapting to low light levels

This Is What You See With Macular Degeneration

Comparison of normal vision with AMD

Macular Degeneration Risk Factors

Advanced Age

Patients age 55 and older have a greater chance of developing age-related macular degeneration. The older someone is, the greater the chance they have AMD. 

Race 

A 2010 study found that white Americans had a greater likelihood of developing AMD. 2.5% of white adults over 50 develop AMD, compared to 0.9% each of blacks, Hispanics, and Americans of other races. 

Family History

As with many medical conditions, a family history of the disease can increase your chances of developing age-related macular degeneration.

History of Smoking

According to the Macular Society, smokers are up to four times more likely to have AMD than nonsmokers. Also, smokers have an increased risk of developing AMD 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.

Obesity

A high BMI can increase your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, but improving your health can slow down progression of this eye disease.

Heart Disease

Patients who have suffered a heart attack or stroke have a greater chance of developing age-related macular degeneration.

"Very friendly and helpful in all aspects. Great results." 5-Star Reviews From Sidney, OH, Patients

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Virgil Knapke

2018

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I am very pleased with the professional services provided by this ophthalmology practice. The doctors and staff members do a great job of explaining treatments and outcomes. Very friendly and helpful in all aspects. Great results.

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Ashley Stetler

2018

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The office staff were great! Very helpful with insurance and what to expect coming in. Dr. Wilding is very comforting and fun to be around. For my procedure he was very good with explaining what he was doing and what to expect. He has a very good "bnedside manner"!

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Ohio Vision

Ohio Vision is honored to provide the very best medical and surgical eye care to patients in Mercer, Shelby, Logan, and Miami Counties. Drs. Wilding, Johnson, and Schemmel are all board-certified and experts in their respective disciplines. We are proud to be affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

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