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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 Hill Country Vision Center - Evers Rd. today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 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 Hill Country Vision Center - Evers Rd. today. 

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- May. 14, 2024
Very nice staff with prompt service and good frame selection.
- May. 10, 2024
Highly recommend, the eye doctor and the staff are amazing!
- May. 08, 2024
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Dr. Ward made the environment nice and I really appreciated her.
- Apr. 02, 2024
I can't say enough wonderful things about our experience at Hill Country Vision Center this morning.... My mom had an ugly style and warm compresses just weren't doing the trick. Thankfully there was availability to be seen this morning. Titia, the technician that got my mom ready to see the doctor was so kind and patient as she gathered all the needed info. Dr Aguilera went above and beyond, utilizing available tools and adapting his exam to ensure that my mom sat comfortably in her wheelchair. We were educated about her diagnosis, treatment, and preventative measures, and prescribed medication. If you are looking for an optometry office who is thorough amd who cares about their patients, look no further.
- Mar. 31, 2024
Awesome place! This is my second year with them and everyone is so welcoming and helpful.
- Mar. 29, 2024
Experienced a very short wait time in the lobby. Facility was clean. Staff was courteous and attenti... ve. I was a bit nervous, however the technician that assisted me with my eye pictures was very encouraging, which helped me to relax. Dr. Ward explained my eye diagnosis thoroughly and answered all my questions. My family has been coming here for over 30 years. It’s a good place for all your family eye care.
- Mar. 27, 2024
They were all extremely kind and so informative! From insurance coverages, to lens types and the pro... cess of the eye exam and what they were looking for. I really appreciate being educated especially during the exam. Would definitely recommend !
- Mar. 25, 2024
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- Mar. 23, 2024
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- Mar. 15, 2024
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- Mar. 12, 2024
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- Mar. 12, 2024
I've had a great experience every time I've visited. The staff is professional and personable, and t... hey have a good variety of frames available. I've never had issues with the glasses I've gotten from them.
- Mar. 05, 2024
Have not gone recent. but took husband to see Dr. Palys for last time as she is retiring. We in this... family will miss her a whole lot, she has been our eye doctor for about 25 years. Thank you, Dr. Palys, for being there for us, enjoy your retirement.
- Mar. 04, 2024
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- Feb. 28, 2024
Dr Palys is the best. I have been seeing her for over 30 years. Always professional yet friendly and... patient. I Highly recommend her.
- Feb. 24, 2024
I’ve been going to Hill Country Vision -Palys & Associates for the past 10 years. I’ve had the o... pportunity to be seen by all the Dr.s that work here and they’re all amazing, including the assistants/techs. Dr. Zuercher specifically has been my optometrist these past 4 years. She is everything you’d want your optometrist to be. She is kind, patient, extremely knowledgeable, great at explaining, and answers all my questions and concerns. I can tell she genuinely cares about all her patients and is always welcoming. I highly recommend her to all my friends and family that are looking for an optometrist. Lynette is amazing. I had the privilege of being helped by her after my most recent exam. She helped me optimize my vision insurance benefits and went above and beyond to help me finally get glasses after 7 years of only being able to afford contacts with my insurance. She and this whole team are rockstars!
- Feb. 10, 2024
Friendly staff, great services. Give them a call, they’ll take good care of you!
- Jan. 28, 2024
Great place
- Jan. 15, 2024
I truly enjoy Dr Agnes Palys' thorough exams and attention to detail regarding my annual eye-exam. ... My eyes are of the utmost importance to me which is why I have been going to see Dr Palys for the last 19+ years! Also, the lady technicians are very knowledgeable in the selection of covered and non-covered glass and frame options which allows me to decide if I want to splurge or stay within the allowed budget. To date, its been a most pleasant experience for me!

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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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