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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 Rouse EyeCare Center today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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Macular Degeneration Treatment in Lacey

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  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 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 Rouse EyeCare Center today. 

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- Feb. 08, 2024
Rouse Eyecare is a fantastic center to get your optic needs. They are friendly and cooperative on ap... pointments. They listen to your concerns and help resolve any issues. You feel valued at this office.
- Jan. 15, 2024
Professional team and very nice service.
- Jan. 13, 2024
Super customer service from start to finish. I was able to get a quick appointment for an eye exam a... nd the office staff, Dr Rouse, and the opticians are all superb! A great experience.
- Jan. 09, 2024
Professional, thorough services, exam, choice of eyeware.
- Dec. 28, 2023
Most thorough exam I've received in the last 20 years, and who knew shopping for frames could be so ... much fun? Melissa is the BEST - truly great at helping us pick the perfect pairs.
- Dec. 24, 2023
Highly recommend Rouse for their excellent selection of eyeglass frames.
- Dec. 03, 2023
Wonderful customer service
- Dec. 01, 2023
Dr. Rouse is fantastic. Mia Pinto, the lead optician, is AMAZING. She was great to talk to, has an e... xcellent eye, and helped me find glasses I'm excited about wearing. Thank you!
- Nov. 11, 2023
Fantastic team here!! Dr Rouse is phenomenal and the team behind him are caring, helpful and forward... thinking. I appreciate the care I received and will recommend. Thank you!
- Oct. 15, 2023
Great clinic nice staff and easy to book an appointment in a timely manner.
- Oct. 06, 2023
Absolutely professional knowledgeable staff. And Dr Rouse is absolutely fantastic
- Sep. 29, 2023
I called hoping to get in because I was in so much discomfort, they were so kind they got me right i... n and I felt so much better when I left.
- Sep. 03, 2023
Great and friendly office for glasses and contact lens.
- Aug. 29, 2023
I can’t say enough great things about Dr. Rouse and his amazing staff! I scheduled an appointment ... here because I had been having issues with my eyes for a couple of weeks. My Vision in my right eye was especially bad. I originally went to a different doctor who told me I had dry eye. However, I had a feeling there was more to it than just dry eye, so I made an appointment with Dr. Rouse to have him give me an exam and see if he thought the previous doctors diagnosis was accurate. Dr. Rouse took such good care of me from start to finish! He really cared about what I was going through and listened to all of my concerns. After completing a very thorough exam he determined that I had a lot more going on then just dry eye. It was serious and he knew I was scared. He told me to trust him and to know that “he’s got me”. I do trust him. I’ve never had a doctor tell me something like that before and it felt so reassuring to know that I was in such great hands and that I was finally going to get the answers I was looking for. He explained everything to me in detail about what was happening with my eyes and then immediately referred me to Sound Retina so I could be seen right away to start treatment. I was so scared and couldn’t stop crying but him and all of his staff were so kind and showed me a tremendous amount of empathy for what I was now faced with. For that, I will always be grateful and as long as Dr. Rouse is practicing, he will always be my eye doctor. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
- Aug. 17, 2023
Dr. Rouse was such a nice and easy to talk to person.
- Aug. 15, 2023
As a former Dispensing Optician for Dr. Rouse, I was enabled to learn and grow more at this practice... than any other practice I worked for before or since. His passion for knowledge is infectious. His commitment to health and wellness is unparalleled. If you need a true comprehensive eye health exam, this is the ONLY place you should be going. You will NOT be disappointed.
- Aug. 11, 2023
Dr. Rouse is very good and takes his time with you during the eye exam. He has a great personality t... hat makes you feel comfortable. To be honest, if you are on a fixed income, their prices for glasses are too high and you may find you want to take your prescription some place else but this is a good eye Doctor!
- Apr. 23, 2023
Want to highly recommend Dr Craig Rouse, optometric physician in Lacey. Here's why: We had an eye em... ergency-of course, on a Sunday morning. A poke in the eye, resulting in Intense pain. Urgent care visit, confirming that part of the cornea was scraped out, received antibiotic scrip and told to contact ophthalmologist on Monday. Also received list of "eye care resources." After an hour back home, with pain increasing, started calling eye drs on list who provided "off-hours emergency care." Kept getting office closed message with "hit this # for emergency care," we did, and they all all returned to initial office closed, hit this # for emergency" message. Even the "big" local eye dr office. Until we called Rouse Eye Care Center. He answered himself, met us at his office within 20 minutes, examined eye, provided pain treatment, drops to keep eye lubricated, and a stronger antibiotic, and scheduled a Wed am follow up visit. Wow! Pain stopped immediately, used antibiotic and lubrication eye drops, and eye was healed by Wed am visit. Woohoo!
- Mar. 24, 2023
My daughter and her bf were on town visiting from Virginia and he had an eye emergency. They were se... en within 15 minutes and given his antibiotic eye drop. And we were on our way. Thank you!
- Jan. 05, 2023
Best experience ever. Everyone is so welcoming and nice! I wish I would have got her name but she ev... en remembered me from my phone call when I was making an appointment. If I could give 100 stars I would!

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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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