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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 ABBA Eye Care - Gunnison today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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Macular Degeneration Treatment in Gunnison

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  • Monday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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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 ABBA Eye Care - Gunnison today. 

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Patient Reviews
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- Feb. 12, 2024
Friendly environment, 100% professional staff, excellent selection of eye ware
- Feb. 09, 2024
Great service and great Prices! Awesome experience once again!!
- Jan. 30, 2024
Professional workplace. A very well run practice!
- Jan. 07, 2024
Wonderful people and great new glasses! Lots to choose from!
- Nov. 28, 2023
Dr. Robbins and the entire staff are extremely kind, helpful and thorough. I have had a great experi... ence each time, from regular eye exams to purchasing eye glasses.
- Sep. 15, 2023
Great doctor & staff!
- Sep. 07, 2023
They took the time to discuss the condition of my eyes, as well as taking the time to check in with ... me as a person. Good luck finding that at a Lens Crafters or larger national outfit! Couldn’t recommend them enough.
- Jul. 26, 2023
Staff were very friendly, and did a great job of explaining the procedures and results in a way that... was easy to understand.
- Jun. 19, 2023
Dr. Robbins and his staff are great. The Dr. Is knowledga and friendly. The staff too is friendly an... d helpful. Once you're with them you're in very capable hands. Just make sure you're talking with them and not "corporate", since ABBA is corporately owned. Do not trust the online appointment system. Make your appointment directly with the Gunnison office-- the first person who answes the phone for appointments will be corporate-- not Gunnison. I highly recommend Dr. Robbins and his staff, but the ownership situation can lead to confusion. Corporate also could stand to put some money into the outside of the Gunnison office. It has always been so cute, but is looking rundown. They've done a good job with the interior, so it's a pleasant surprise compared to the walk up. I'm rating a 5 for the Dr. and staff because they deserve it, but as you can guess, if I was rating their ownership my rating would go down.
- Jun. 17, 2023
Love Love Love Dr Dave
- Jun. 05, 2023
Dr Robbins is extremely knowledgeable and every staff member is so friendly and helpful
- Apr. 15, 2023
Outstanding care!
- Feb. 27, 2023
Dr. Dave and his staff were life savers!!!! My wife and I traveled from Crested Butte and they got u... s right in and out, with smiles on their faces!! The doc was a plethora of information regarding my wife’s corneal abrasion and effectively treated her, enough for us to continue with our vacation!!! The entire experience was professional and efficient!! We would recommend over and over!!!
- Feb. 16, 2023
Great eye doctor office. Professional and courteous and everything was on schedule.
- Feb. 10, 2023
Great place! Nice lady repaired my mangled glasses at no charge. Good selection of glasses& shades. ... Highly recommend!
- Jan. 19, 2023
One of the best eye doctors I've been to in my 30 years of needing corrective vision. Dr. Robbins ta... kes the time to explain the details behind what they are checking for and provides several recommendations to address symptoms in the least expensive way.
- Jan. 18, 2023
Dr. Robbins ("Dave") and the ABBA staff treat their patients with kindness and respect. Lettie was v... ery friendly and helpful! The technology they employ is truly amazing. I'm always pleased when a medical office runs appointments in a timely manner and they do. I highly recommend ABBA Eyecare.
- Jan. 16, 2023
Extremely friendly & helpful!
- Jan. 13, 2023
Dr. Dave Robbins is simply the best. He's focused, knowledgeable and personable. Trust is really b... ig in my book. When I'm in the care of Dave Robbins, OD, I know I've got the best.
- Nov. 14, 2022
Great selection!!

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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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