Age-Related Macular Degeneration
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1439 Henderson Hwy Winnipeg MB R2G 1N3 (204) 582-2308
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Age-Related Macular Degeneration

1.4 Million Canadians Live With Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss globally. The development of AMD can have a profound impact on your life, though it often develops without initial symptoms or obvious signs. Detecting AMD preventatively via regular eye exams is the only way to detect it prior to obvious (and irreversible) vision loss.

If you are over the age of 65 you are much more likely to develop a form of AMD, though people age 40 and older should have AMD on their radar. While you may never develop AMD, testing for it is easy and painless.

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If it has been a while since your last eye exam, request an appointment to schedule one at a time that is convenient for you. An eye exam takes under an hour to complete.

More Information About AMD

Age-related macular degeneration is relatively common. It is split into two major varieties, and while there is currently no known way to prevent or “cure” AMD, its progression can be delayed/minimized if detected and addressed early.

Learn more about AMD’s causes and treatments.

AMD is linked primarily with age (people age 60 and older are more likely to develop AMD than those who are not), though it can develop earlier. All races/ethnicities are at risk for AMD, though Caucasians are the most likely to develop it.

The development of AMD has been linked to several risk factors.

While age is the primary risk factor for AMD, other risk factors include:

  • Smoking – Smoking has been shown to double the risk of AMD
  • Race – Caucasians are more likely to develop AMD compared to African-Americans or Hispanics/Latinos
  • Genetics – If there is a history of AMD in your family you are at greater risk
  • Prolonged exposure to UV radiation (sunlight)
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

AMD is broken down into two types:

  • Atrophic AMD – aka dry AMD – Dry AMD is marked by the development of drusen on on the macula. This drusen inhibits your ability to see as they are not translucent. Over time, the size and quantity of the drusen deposits increase. Without proper treatment and management, eventually a complete loss of central vision will occur.
  • Exudative AMD – aka wet AMD – Wet AMD is the more advanced and severe form of the disease. Weakened blood vessels are dying and causing scar tissue that, if left unmanaged, may cause retinal detachment (resulting in complete blindness).

There is no known way to prevent or cure AMD, through extensive clinical trials have suggested that AMD’s onset can be influenced and delayed via nutritional supplementation and lifestyle changes.

Laser surgery, photodynamic therapy, and Macugen treatment (intravitreal injection) can assist with controlling blood vessel growth in late-stage AMD. However, these treatments will not restore vision that has already been lost to the disease.

Location & Hours

You can find us in the River East Plaza, between Safeway and Booster Juice, and across from Tim Hortons.
We have plenty of parking available on-site.


Unit 1B - 1439 Henderson Hwy
Winnipeg, MB R2G 1N3
Tel: (204) 582-2308
Fax: (204) 339-1272
E-mail: [email protected]

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Fridays 9:00am - 4:30pm
Saturdays 9:00am -3:00pm (except for long weekends and July/August)
Sunday: Closed

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