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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 Dr Hulme EyeCare & Dry Eye Center today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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 Dr Hulme EyeCare & Dry Eye Center today. 

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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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- Jun. 05, 2024
Always a pleasant experience. Dr. Hulme and his staff are the very best. Mary Taylor was so helpfu... l and patient with me as I was trying to choose frames. Thank you, Mary!
- May. 26, 2024
Been coming to Dr Hulme for 3 years now, the experience has always been great. My insurance always s... eems confusing, but we get it figured out together.
- Jan. 26, 2024
I was a new patient that had a minor medical emergency and Dr. McClelland helped me. He was extreme... ly helpful and explained everything thoroughly. The front desk staff was very friendly and welcoming. I highly recommend this eye center.
- Jan. 16, 2024
Love this place! Dr McClellan took the time to investigate and discuss all my vision concerns. He t... ruly listens! The front desk staff are efficient and friendly and the eyeglasses staff were so helpful. I highly recommend this clinic!
- Dec. 22, 2023
Really over delivered on the experience. I do not feel up sold whatsoever. The environment was real... ly inviting and the doctor was very personable. I also want to send my appreciation to Mandy at the front desk!
- Dec. 01, 2023
I saw Dr. McClelland recently and was very pleased with the thoroughness and knowledge he provided. ... This was one of the best experiences I've had getting my eyes examined. Would highly recommend Dr McClelland and the Hulme office to anyone.
- Dec. 29, 2022
Quality care, updated equipment and accepts state insurance. Got an appointment same day of request....
- Apr. 14, 2022
Just like all the other reviews say, Dr.hulme and his entire staff are wonderful they are really ou... t to help you with your eye care and they have all the newest high tech machines to test your eyes with, especially if you have dry eye symptoms. Dr.hulmes even found some other problems with my left eye after a car accident with his high tech gadgets and was able to send to me to a specialist that does eye surgery too. Will be going back since my dry eye symptoms are really annoying and is hard to find a Eye Doctor thats knows his stuff all well as Dr hulme.
- Apr. 07, 2022
I have been a Dr. Hulme patient for about 12 years. He is an excellent provider and I wouldn’t con... sider ever going anywhere else. Marcia was in charge of my care this time and she was fantastic! Very personable. 100% recommend.
- Mar. 20, 2022
Professional and personal! Excellent patient education and explanation of my exam results and the pl... an moving forward! Highly recommend!!
- Jan. 07, 2022
Doc is always straight forward and wants nothing but the best for every person that comes through th... e door. The staff always go the full distance to help me out and to make sure I walk out with exactly the glasses I want. Best optometrist I’ve ever been to.
- Dec. 29, 2021
The Staff was very professional. The physician really took his time updating my script, explaining h... is findings, and seemed genuinely interested in my care. Follow up for my new glasses was quick and easy. Great selection of frames. I can't say enough about what a great experience I had at their office.
- Dec. 20, 2021
I love this office! I take all of my children here, and have recently switched eye doctors so that ... I can see (pun definitely intended, hahaha) Dr. Hulme. The staff is so friendly and helpful. Dr. Hulme is informative, and he talks you through everything. It is very obvious that he is passionate about what he does. Any questions you have, he is able to answer. 100% recommend.
- Nov. 30, 2021
Great person. Explains the what and why of what he is doing. Receptionist very pleasant. Pre examin... ation process was very easy. The staff that fits your eye glasses know their stuff. Very efficient, professional and friendly. Highly recommend this establishment.
- Nov. 17, 2021
Dr.Hulme is a great eye doctor always very pleasant and explains things and didn’t try to force me... into a costly procedure as another place in Loveland had done and didn’t even offer me other options as Dr. Hulme did. Liz is fabulous has gone above and beyond to make sure I had proper eye drops and working with my insurance and myself to make sure I was doing alright. Front desk has been always so nice to I appreciate all of them
- Nov. 16, 2021
Awesome service, flexible, professional with an awesome customer experience. It is well worth drivin... g 2-1/2 hours to see them. Great job and great work to their Team!
- Nov. 14, 2021
I've been going to Dr. Hulme for eye care for many years. He does excellent work and very much cares... about his patients. Highly recommended.
- Oct. 26, 2021
Dr.Hulme is down to earth and straight forward his staff are professional and friendly. It was a ple... asent experience.
- Sep. 30, 2021
Just moved here a few months ago. Had several recommendations to go here. I was very happy with my a... ppointment. Dr. Hulme is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I enjoyed working with the Optician Jared (I think that was his name). He helped me find my new pair of glasses and I love them!! Can't wait to get them. Will be a return patient!!
- Sep. 15, 2021
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