Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease with a progressive loss of central vision, leaving the peripheral or side vision intact. It affects the ability to read, drive, recognize faces and perform activities that require detailed vision.

Macular degeneration is usually related to aging and most frequently affects people over the age of 50. However, it is not a normal or inevitable consequence of aging.

Macular degeneration is progressive and painless and does not result in total vision loss.

•     Stages of macular degeneration

 Macular degeneration is classified as:

•    Early and intermediate stage

Caused by the progressive build-up of waste material (drusen) under the retina. These stages typically have little or no impact on vision, however, some people with the intermediate stage may notice changes to their central vision. Currently, there is no treatment available for the early and intermediate stages. Research is being conducted to develop treatments.

Progression to late-stage may occur, however, progression in each eye can differ. Diet and lifestyle are important for maintaining healthy eyes. A select combination of vitamins and minerals may reduce the risk of progression in some individuals. Advice from an eye care professional should be sought.

•    Late stage

This is the vision-impairing stage, which can be further divided into dry (atrophic) macular degeneration or wet (neovascular) macular degeneration.

  • Dry (atrophic): caused by the gradual atrophy (loss) of retinal cells. It may lead to a gradual loss of central vision. Currently, there is no treatment available for the dry form. Research is being conducted to develop
  • Wet (neovascular): caused by the formation of fragile blood vessels which leak fluid and blood within and under the retina. It often leads to a rapid loss of central vision. Loss of vision in one eye may go unnoticed if vision in the fellow eye is good. Regular vision testing of each eye in turn is

•     Early detection is critical

 The early detection of any form of macular degeneration is crucial to saving sight. Difficulty with vision should never be dismissed as just a part of getting older. In its early stages macular

degeneration may not result in noticeable visual symptoms but it can be detected with an eye examination.

The earlier that macular degeneration is detected the earlier that steps can be undertaken to help slow its progression and save sight through treatment and/or lifestyle modifications.

Any sudden changes to vision should be treated as a medical emergency. See your eye doctor immediately.

Dry AMD and AREDS Vitamins

AREDS 2 (Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2) was a very large research study. It looked at taking vitamins and minerals daily for AMD. This study found that certain nutritional supplements could help some people who have a lot of drusen. These supplements may also help people who have lost a lot of vision in at least one eye from AMD. Taking the following nutritional supplements every day may help these people lower their risk of getting late-stage or wet AMD

It is important to remember that nutritional supplements are not a cure for AMD, but they may help to slow the disease in some people with early- to mid-stage AMD.

Talk to your eye doctor about what vitamins you should take to protect your eyes.

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Doris Soltis
Doris Soltis
18:51 26 Oct 20
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Susana Landin
Susana Landin
17:27 25 Oct 20
This was my fist time with Dr Giannie... and it was an amazing one . My son was recomended by his pediatrician to go see the eye doctor and we came here . We had an appointment and we didn’t have to wait long . They where very professional and nice to my son and i . The doctor was very good at explaining everything and recommending different things for my son’s eye care . The process of getting the glasses was also fast and she was amazing at recommending the type of glasses my son needs in order for them to last longer. Overall it was a great experience and i will definitely be back for him and in the future for myself. Thank you doctor.read more
Michelle Reamer
Michelle Reamer
20:50 04 Aug 20
Not only is Giannie a fantastic... optometrist but her place is so adorably awesome! Eye Candy has a wide variety of glasses to choose from and delicious treats. I went for an exam with my 3 month old and it was a peace of cake. Great to support small businesses and fun when it comes with candy perks! 🧡read more
Jackie Mesa .
Jackie Mesa .
23:25 25 May 20
I absolutely love coming here!! All the... staff is incredible and super friendly. They genuinely care about all their patients and want the best for them. And who doesn’t love getting candy after a visit to your eye doctor?!?read more
Daylenis A
Daylenis A
14:13 27 Mar 20
Avoid the disappointment. I now have a... pair of glasses that I paid for and cannot wear, they will not even give me a partial credit on them. I took them back to get fixed once and they got them wrong again, they want me to keep coming back and wasting my time. Even if this was "a lab issue", they need to stand behind their products and vendors and make things right.Mind you, this is not my only time at the practice, I have been loyal to this doctor since she worked at Macy's optical. Also, once you bring a problem to their attention, all they do is deny it so I am sure they will try to deny what I'm saying. I started being disappointed with this place because I liked to go see the doctor that owns the practice, but they kept making appointments with her and then calling me to say she wouldn't be in, this happened 3 times and another time they allowed me to come in and sit there and wait, until I realized the doctor was not in.I ended up coming back another day and seeing their other "highly recommended" doctor, she was disappointing. They couldn't even give me my prescription that day and said they would fax it but the new doctor was very good at telling me how I should buy the contacts through them. They kept faxing over the incorrect prescription and I had to get 1800-contacts to call them and get the right one.Don't waste your time and money.read more
Michelle L A C
Michelle L A C
16:51 02 Feb 20
Dr. Castellanos is a great doctor. She... is very knowledgeable and dedicated to her patients. The staff is helpful! I loved my new pair of glasses!read more
Stephanie Diaz
Stephanie Diaz
13:22 30 Jan 20
The most beautiful selection of glasses... at amazing prices. Everyone that works in the store is so helpful! Their chocolate selection is incredible! Perfect for gifts. Dr. Giannie Castellanos gives the best eye exam I have ever had. Very detailed and takes her time. Highly recommend!read more
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GlueGo Co
23:29 17 Apr 19
Eye Candy indeed! Eye wear with a sweet... twist! Get the glasses and some awesome candy with it. Great customer service and quality. Thanks will come again!read more
Genny Castellanos
Genny Castellanos
23:30 15 Jan 19
Love this one of a kind eye glass and... candy store. The colors are vibrant. The staff is friendly and they have tons of options for glasses. You can see an eye doctor while you are there too. Very fun experience.read more
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