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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 Sumner Vision today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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Macular Degeneration Treatment in Cherry Creek

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  • Monday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
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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 and 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 Sumner Vision today. 

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- Jul. 22, 2022
I was visiting from out of state and had an eye emergency. This office immediately helped me to see... their optometrist who then diagnosed the problem and explained solutions.
- Jun. 16, 2022
I had an unbelievably transformative experience at Sumner Vision, and am incredibly grateful for fin... ding this office! I have difficult eyes to work with as I had surgery at a young age, have worn patches, and was always the girl with thick glasses growing up. Contacts have been impossible to match with how severe my left eye is impaired, and I've had optometrists who I thought were thorough that I now know don't come within a mile of how detailed Dr. Sumner was. I walked in with my left eye at 20/50, and walked out at 20/30, and was brought to tears by being able to see more than I've ever seen in my life from that eye. True genuine compassion and care at its finest. Bonus points because he uses scented markers for paperwork. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
- Nov. 03, 2021
Informative staff, explaining all facets of the examination. Very helpful team helping me pick out ... my next frame!
- Oct. 11, 2021
Such an easy experience. Loved my exam, felt thorough and clear. Listened to my concerns and took th... e time to address them. Understanding of insurance benefits and options. My doctor was so sweet, made me laugh.
- May. 24, 2021
I got a pair of glasses with blue light filtering lenses and a person named Allen was extremely know... ledgeable and supportive throughout my experience! The office is very spacious and parking is ample. If you are looking for someone who knows this store in and out, ask for him!
- May. 23, 2021
I have been going to Dr Sumner for last 4 years, this is a amazing Optical office with excellent ser... vices from Dr. Sumner and his staff and thank to Alen for his selections on frame glasses to fit for me and my budget. Thank you so much.
- May. 17, 2021
From the time I entered the office, Dr. Sumner and his staff provided professional and comprehensive... optometry services. Each part of the process (insurance/billing, examination, eyeglass fitting) was completed with exceptional skill and expertise. Alan even helped us with a rebate! So grateful to have found an office with such quality care!
- Apr. 03, 2021
The office had such a nice, welcoming vibe. Dr Sumner and the rest of the staff were efficient, prof... essional, and pleasant to work with.
- Apr. 02, 2021
Veronica (Billing and Insurance) is AWESOME! She is extremely helpful and went way beyond what is ... expected to help resolve some insurance issues.
- Feb. 13, 2021
Highly recommend Sumner Vision. Allen really knows his inventory and listened to what I wanted. I wa... s really happy with the glasses he helped me choose :). Barbara and Brittany are wonderful as well, always welcoming and know how to treat their patients properly! 5 stairs to this team :).
- Dec. 06, 2020
Visiting your optometrist can be a bit daunting for some people much like going to the dentist. Ther... e is a lot strange equipment and big words being used which we have no clue as to their meaning. And, then after your exam, you get the hard pressure sale to buy frames and lenses. Well, NOT at Sumner Vision. They are kind and patient and understanding of the process from the patient's point of view. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Do yourself and your eyes a favor by visiting Sumner Vision.
- Nov. 13, 2020
I came back to get my frames fixed and Allen was super helpful and quick with the process ! i would ... recommend Sumner Vision to anyone who wants professional customer service
- Nov. 11, 2020
I was super satisfied with Sumner visions service . All the staff are very friendly and professional... , and the optician was very intelligent and helpful . If you are looking for the perfect eye exam then please come to Sumner Vision ! i will see you guys next year
- Oct. 03, 2020
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- Sep. 29, 2020
I had a wonderful experience. The staff was very friendly and helpful especially Veronica. Dr. Sumne... r is very skilled and efficient. The glasses I got were a great brand and fit amazingly. I recommend this place to anyone who wants great service!! 5 stars
- Sep. 27, 2020
Dr. Sumner was awesome, highly recommended! Took the time to make sure everything was perfect and re... ally sharpened up my vision!
- Sep. 16, 2020
Alan at Dr Sumner and the whole staff were all amazing. Dr Sumner was thorough and very kind. Alan m... ade sure that I pick a fashionable and beautiful frame for my face. The overall experience was totally first class. I highly recommend Sumner vision for excellent service and outstanding professionalism
- Sep. 16, 2020
It was a great experience they had great customer service and all my needs were met I would like to ... thank Barbara for her great attitude
- Sep. 16, 2020
The staff is amazing everybody really helpful & they all made the visit super comforting , & the tec... h barbara was so much help & very very sweet! Definitely would recommend to anyone!
- Sep. 10, 2020
I have a fairly rare eye problem called Corticonis. Sumner vision did a great job diagnosing this p... roblem and getting me a new prescription on my glasses. I am seeing very well for the first time in a long while. I would highly recommend Sumner Vision.

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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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