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Age-related macular degeneration, often called AMD or MAC, is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans over the age of 55.
MAC is degeneration of the macula, which is the part of the retina responsible for the sharp, central vision needed to read or drive. Because the macula

primarily is affected in MAC, it is the central vision which is most often lost.

About 1.75 million U.S. residents currently have advanced age-related macular degeneration with associated vision loss, with that number expected to grow to
almost 3 million by 2020. Currently there are more cases of Macular Degeneration in the state of Florida than any other state in the US.
We are all at risk of developing macular degeneration as we age but there are a few factors which increase our risk:
  • Smoking
  • Hereditary
  • Gender - women more than men
  • Exposure to Sunlight
  • Obesity
  • Race - whites more than any other race
Sadly there are very few symptoms of Macular Degeneration which is why regular appointments with your Ophthalmologist are necessary to prevent vision loss.
A general eye doctor or Optometrist does not have the equipment or training to detect early signs of Macular Degeneration.  The Healthy Vision Institute is a
technologically advanced, industry leader utilizing only the latest diagnostic equipment for early detection in addition to a revolutionary DNA testing
(exclusive to the Healthy Vision Institute in Pasco and Pinellas Counties) which helps determine a patient’s risk for developing wet macular degeneration.

Wet and Dry Forms of Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is diagnosed as either dry or wet.  Wet refers to growth and bleeding of new blood vessels in an area, such as the macula, where they

are not supposed to be. The dry form is more common than the wet form, with about 85 of macular degeneration patients diagnosed with dry MAC.
The wet form of the disease usually leads to more serious vision loss. Dry Macular Degeneration (non-neovascular).  Dry MAC is an early stage of the disease
and may result from the aging and thinning of macular tissues, depositing of pigment in the macula or a combination of the two processes. Gradual central
vision loss may occur with dry macular degeneration but usually is not nearly as severe as wet MAC symptoms.  People with dry macular degeneration must
carefully and constantly monitor their central vision.  If you notice any changes in your vision tell your ophthalmologist right away, as dry mac can change
into wet mac at any time.  While there is no medication or treatment for dry mac some people may benefit from a vitamin therapy regimen.  
The Healthy Vision Institute will use an innovative DNA testing to help monitor patients with dry mac for their risk factor of developing into the wet kind.  

Wet Macular Degeneration (neovascular). In about 15 percent of cases, dry MAC progresses to wet MAC; the more advanced and damaging form of the eye

disease. With wet macular degeneration, new blood vessels grow beneath the retina and leak blood and fluid. This leakage causes permanent damage to
light-sensitive retinal cells, which die off and create blind spots in central vision.

There is as yet no outright cure for age-related macular degeneration, but with early detection some treatments may delay its progression or even improve

vision. The Healthy Vision Institute uses the latest FDA approved medications in conjunction with DNA testing to customize treatment for a success rate in
office of 95% in preventing vision loss.   
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