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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 Cottage Grove Eye Clinic today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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Macular Degeneration Treatment in Cottage Grove

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  • Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
Insurance Plans
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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 Cottage Grove Eye Clinic today. 

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- Apr. 22, 2024
I wish I got the name of the optician who helped me with my broken glasses this morning. She was aw... esome. I am a patient of the clinic, but I was a walk-in today. I sat on my favorite pair of computer/reading glasses, and they broke. I thought for sure I was going to be stuck buying a new pair, which also meant waiting days to get them. NOT TODAY! The optician took them in the back and after a little magic, she had them back to normal. It's difficult to tell they were ever broken. THAT is reason enough for me to keep coming back. THANK YOU!!!!!
- Mar. 03, 2024
The care I recieved was fantastic. Ella was super helpful with explaining and trying to help us figu... re out insurance coverage for my fiance. All the staff were very friendly and great!
- Feb. 03, 2024
I had a very positive experience at this clinic. I felt confident that my needs were appropriately m... et in a respectful manner.
- Jan. 11, 2024
Per normal, everyone is always amazing and caring. Thank you
- Jun. 12, 2023
Excellent Services, I would recommend to everyone. Thanks!
- Apr. 24, 2023
Very friendly staff, doctor is very good and knows his information! Clean and in and out quickly
- Nov. 04, 2022
Great service to include convenient scheduling, excellent customer service and detailed eye exam.
- Jul. 08, 2022
Very friendly and knowledgeable.
- Jun. 26, 2022
Dr. Cole has taken care of my family for so many years ! He is excellent eye doctor! I recommend com... ing to get your eyes check with him !
- Apr. 04, 2022
Thorough analysis of my eyes and helpful information. Good choices for glasses and options with them... .
- Feb. 14, 2022
Very friendly, fast, and professional. Nothing but good things to say about this clinic.
- Nov. 16, 2021
This rating is for my first visit at this location, which occurred 11/15/2021. I thought all staff I... encountered were pleasant, helpful, and courteous. In addition, Dr. Lauermann was professional and knowledgeable, two important things for any doctor. Thank you Dr. Lauermann and the CG Eye Clinic team!
- Nov. 15, 2021
Dr. Cole is very knowledgeable and personable. There is nothing but friendly faces and a welcoming a... tmosphere. I recommend Dr. Cole any chance I get. He’s great with every member of our family, ages 5, 11, 13 and adult.
- May. 06, 2019
The staff is extremely welcoming and friendly. The Dr. was very patient and thorough and answered a... ll of my questions in an easy to understand manner. I'd highly recommend Cottage Grove Eyecare Clinic!
- Apr. 12, 2019
I was helped by Alissa, she was very nice and sweet and super helpful with properly fitting my glass... es and helping me find the right ones that worked for me!!!
- Apr. 12, 2019
The staff was amazing and friendly. I worked in particular with Alissa, the first time I came in I a... lways had trouble finding glasses that look good on me. Alissa was very understanding and did an amazing job at finding the perfect pair for me. The two other times I have been there since then Alissa has given amazing service as with the rest of the staff. I highly recommend going here!!
- Dec. 04, 2018
I had my eyes evaluated (first time in 4 years). I could afford the frames that I liked. Amber wrote... down the name of the frames and the dimensions for me to take home. I ended up purchasing my glasses online. Once I received them my eyes could not focus. I did not know if I received the wrong prescription, I entered the Rx wrong, or if they manufactured my lenses incorrectly. I called Cottage Grove Eye Care Clinic to ask some questions. I thought that I would get some "shame" for not getting my lenses/frames with them. Amber was AMAZING! She offered some advice then offered for me to come in. She checked what I ordered, chechecked my Rx, and she checked my lenses. She was so incredibly helpful! I will continue with that clinic just because of her!
- Nov. 15, 2018
I saw Dr Herde today! He and his staff are very friendly, personable, professional, and efficient. ... My husband also sees him and likes all of the staff especially in the Woodbury location.
- Oct. 30, 2018
My daughters and I see Dr. Cole for our vision exams. When we walk through the doors we are greeted... with smiles and addressed by name. Dr. Cole is very nice and friendly. He is compassionate, caring, listens well, along with being dedicated and determined to help improve our vision. Additionally, Dr. Cole cares about the people in the community and about Cottage Grove, by being involved and giving back. He has served on committees, given his time and resources to organizations within the community as well. Thank you Dr. Cole and wonderful staff for taking care of us.
- Aug. 14, 2018
I've been seeing Dr. Cole since I was 13, I'm 28 now, and he's been awesome. He knows about my weird... eyeballs and takes good care of them. I would recommend Dr. Cole, he's awesome and very cool and kind.

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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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