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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 Jacobson Advanced Eye Care today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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Macular Degeneration Treatment in Cumberland

Our optometry practice in Cumberland

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Hours
  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
  • VSP
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  • Cigna
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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 Jacobson Advanced Eye Care today. 

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- Sep. 07, 2023
The best eye care place I have been to. The most thorough eye exam along with a very knowledgeable a... nd polite staff. Very easy to see why they are rated 5 stars.
- Oct. 21, 2022
The woman who gave me testing was very energetic and although a new computer software, she breezed r... ight through it. I appreciated her humor. As always, Dr. Jennifer is very pleasant and was able to reassure me that everything is fine.
- Oct. 14, 2022
great. people are all efficient and warm and helpful.
- Oct. 14, 2022
Dr. Jennifer Jacobson has been our family's eye physician for many, many years. The entire staff is ... professional and caring. Dr. Jennifer Jacobson stays on top of current research and development which has helped us through some serious health issues. There is also a strong focus at Jacobson Advanced Eye Care on maintaining eye health as well as careful guidance in pursuing better life quality with some of the current options available for vision. They are well connected with an excellent surgical team. Under careful guidance from Dr. Jennifer Jacobson and Dr. Tom Harvey, I pursued cataract surgery with vision correcting lens implants. It has been life changing to have the ability to see clearly at all distances without glasses or contacts. Cumberland is so fortunate to have the highest quality eye healthcare.
- Oct. 12, 2022
Jennifer and her staff always do a great job. Very friendly.
- Sep. 26, 2022
Efficient and thorough. Always friendly!
- Sep. 23, 2022
They are very professional and nice
- Sep. 20, 2022
Jennifer and the crew are all very professional and simultaneously a whole lot of fun. Examining you... r eyes can be lots of fun there. They will not only correct your vision, but get you to see the world in a new light no matter how bad your eyesight is.
- Sep. 03, 2022
Dr. Jennifer and the entire staff are wonderful - professional, knowledgeable, thorough, kind, carin... g, and always take time for their patients. I really appreciate the individual attention that Dr. Jennifer gives - she gets to know her patients, never rushes through appointments, encourages questions, and addresses all of my concerns.
- Aug. 02, 2022
Dr. Jennifer is an excellent eye doctor. I always feel completely satisfied with whatever her diagn... osis is. The customer service of her employees is also excellent. Kindness, promptness, courtesy and the best care I have ever had for my eyes.
- Jun. 14, 2022
The staff are all very helpful and quick to answer my questions and solve problems.
- Jun. 10, 2022
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- Jun. 02, 2022
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- May. 16, 2022
After a severe thunderstorm of a whiteout with 1” balls of hail breaking 6 of my windows, totaling... my shingles & siding —— one window broke through firing into my kitchen as though through a machine gun. Holding a cookie sheet against the upper double hung window, fighting a firing squad of hail, one hit me above my eye with eyes shut. Thank the Lord. I saw flashing lights almost continuously about 3 days later. Dr. Jennifer Jacobson Turcot dropped everything as soon as she could after her busy day, her staff left just about as soon as I came in. after hrs. (Friday) It was an emergency. She came in just for me!! I was upset after reading this could cause vision loss if you don’t see a specialist asap. (Laser surgery recommended) After many tests being very thorough she said “Your eyes look great!!” Earlier I had been prayed for and the flashing lights disappeared on the way to see Dr. Jacobson. I was healed by the power of prayer in Jesus name 😅😄😎 I had to make sure my eyes were fine. (My security, my sight) Dr Jennifer couldn’t have been more kind. I highly recommend her expertise. I love her personality. Great staff too.
- May. 06, 2022
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- Apr. 29, 2022
Excellent care, very knowledgeable and highly professional. Dr. Jennifer and her staff are the best... . Always takes the time needed to explain my exam and respond to all question. The very best place to go for great eye care!
- Apr. 15, 2022
I had a problem develop suddenly and was scheduled to leave town in a few days. I called at approxim... ately 8:30 and they said can you be here by 10:00. I arrived a few minutes before ten was taken to a room for some testing see by Dr. Turcott at 10:20. Diagnosis was complete by 10:35. She recommended 2 over the counter meds I began using them and I'm already seeing improvement. Great Doctor and friendly and efficient staff.
- Apr. 14, 2022
Very friendly staff. Took time to hear my issues and explained everything very well. Very nice offic... e space as well.
- Mar. 19, 2022
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- Mar. 10, 2022
I only picked up contact lenses but was greeted with a smile!

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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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