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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 Eyetique - Downtown today. We can diagnose and help treat the disease.


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  • Monday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday Closed
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Insurance Plans
  • VSP
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
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  • Medicaid
  • Anthem
  • National Vision Administration (NVA)
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  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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 Eyetique - Downtown today. 

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- Apr. 04, 2024
Jamie the store manager is incredibly knowledgeable, personable, makes you feel safe, makes the proc... ess easy, can’t say enough good things about the staff here. Great visit!! Dr. Burke is the most thorough eye dr I’ve ever seen every time he gives me his full attention very thorough gave me the exact glasses I needed when I couldn’t find the right rx anywhere else and I’m SO GLAD to have a dr that actually listens to me And cares about what in saying please go here the frames are great you won’t be disappointed
- Apr. 03, 2024
I've been going to eyetique ever since their name was three guys optical. They are very professiona... l and very helpful. My first time there was back in 2018 and I get my glasses and contacts from them and will continue going there til the end of my time. Thank you to Dr. John and the staff. I appreciate you all.
- Mar. 27, 2024
Great place. Wonderful staff. And they help you to get the right glasses for you that suits your st... yle. I definitely recommend this place to all.
- Mar. 13, 2024
Dr. John Burke is an outstanding optometrist. Very thoughtful, knowledgeable, polite, punctual and ... professional. Takes the time to patiently explain things, answer questions and explore treatment options.
- Mar. 03, 2024
I am on my second pair of glasses from eyetique. Very nice staff, helpful and friendly. Great select... ion of frames.
- Jan. 30, 2024
Easy. Friendly. Safe. Recommend.
- Jan. 24, 2024
The ladies downtown they are awesome I love going to downtown Pittsburgh to their store
- Oct. 24, 2023
Skilled staff, who are understanding of your style and vision needs, keeping your budget in mind in ... the process. It was so easy to make appointments, there are also many frames to choose from. My special order was completed with such attention to detail. I want to thank you for that experience! Well done. Give downtown Pittsburgh’s location a try.
- Oct. 08, 2023
I felt very comfortable there the staff is so friendly, they do what they can to help you. My daught... er is 6 the doctor was very patient with her. I am also going to change my eye doctor to them. We had a very great first experience.
- Sep. 17, 2023
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- Sep. 07, 2023
Excellent service and selection. Staff were so helpful and went beyond what I expected. Eyetique is ... fortunate to have the employees there especially in this era of diminished customer service and courtesy! My glasses are not easy to make and they are stylish and perfect. Well done Eyetique and staff!
- Sep. 02, 2023
Everybody was very nice to me and my children.
- Aug. 04, 2023
Awesome place to get your eye's done!
- Jul. 24, 2023
Hands down, BEST experience I have had at an eye doctor in YEARS! My glasses/contact lens script is ... far from your "typical" one, so I was VEERRYY nervous and stressed out coming in because I did not know what to expect or what the doctor would say. Jamie at the front desk took the liberty to review my past eye history before the doctor even saw me, which helped a lot. I admit I did not know what to make of Dr Burke (at first), as he seemed to be a bit stand offish, but as the exam went on I began to feel more comfortable with him. He had absolutely zero judgement as to how my prescription was. Jamie was very efficient in explaining cost and shocked me by saying that I could order trial contact lenses but did not have to put anything down, money-wise. Was a big culture shock for me, being that past practices have wanted the money for contact lenses and glasses up front. My contacts and glasses have always been really expensive. All I had to pay was a copay. I could go on and on, but all in all, wonderful experience! So thank you Eyetique staff!
- Jun. 22, 2023
Staff is very. Friendly than great conversations
- Jun. 16, 2023
I went in at 402pm and was out and seeing with a pair of contacts at 427pm... I asked if they could ... do it, as I had to catch the last bus at 440pm... They made it happen for me!!
- Jun. 01, 2023
Great experience for my husband and myself! Professional, Efficient and polite!
- Apr. 24, 2023
Very courteous and knowledgeable service.
- Apr. 18, 2023
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- Mar. 29, 2023
GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE AT EYETIQUE Many years ago I purchased a IC! Berlin frame for my ... glasses at the Murray Avenue Eyetique location. I loved this manufacturer’s ingenious frame design, and they soon became my favorite glasses to wear. I only seemed to wear the other glasses when I misplaced these – I had to use something to see so that I could find them. Recently, the time had come for new lenses. I returned to Eyetique and selected a different but similar IC! Berlin frame. This frame was similar but more streamlined and delicate. I thought they’d work fine. That proved not to be the case. Within less than three months after purchase the frames broke. The frame section called the “arm” or “temple” separated and fell to the ground while I was walking. There was no way of knowing where I lost it. I soon realized that this frame design could not be trusted. I returned to Eyetique to with my newly purchased glasses less one arm and explained what happened to Melissa Kelly, Eyetique’s Project Manager. She heard my concerns, quickly assured me that these glasses would be replaced no questions asked. I then selected another IC Berlin frame and picked them up today. I knew right away when I put them on that this frame design was far superior and that they would be trouble free. After leaving Eyetique with these new glasses I was completely satisfied with no lingering concerns. Through my personal experience, I would recommend a trip to Eyetique for your future eye exam and eyeglass purchases. Geoff

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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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