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Robert M Currier, DO
(989) 354-3171
127 Park Pl
Alpena, MI
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Alpena Gen Hosp, Alpena, Mi
Group Practice: Northern Eye Ophthalmology

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Robert Mark Currier
(989) 354-3171
127 Park Pl
Alpena, MI
Specialty
Ophthalmology

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Wal-mart Stores East Lp
(989) 354-0731
1180 M 32 W
Alpena, MI
Services
Optometrist

MichaelHarkins,O.D.
(517) 354-5890
206 Long Rapids Road
Alpena, MI
 
Vision Care Ctr
(989) 356-4231
1035 Us Highway 23 N
Alpena, MI
 
Steven Garant OD
Vision Care Ctr
(989) 356-3937
315 W Chisholm St # A
Alpena, MI
 
Nichols Optical Inc
(989) 356-9096
2368 Us Highway 23 S
Alpena, MI
Services
Optometrist

Harkins & Karsten
(989) 354-5890
200 E Chisholm St
Alpena, MI
 
Michael K Harkins & Mark A Karstenp
(989) 354-5890
200 E Chisholm St
Alpena, MI
Services
Optometrist

Eye Talk Inc
(989) 356-6423
2483 Us Highway 23 S
Alpena, MI
Services
Optometrist

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Age Related Macular Degeneration


There are a number of reasons why people may develop AMD, including increasing age, genetic and hereditary factors, and environmental risk factors. Since pigment in the eyes appears to be protective, Caucasians, particularly women, appear to be at greater risk. Smoking, family history, nutrition, and sunlight exposure over the course of one's lifetime may also play a role.

There are two forms of AMD, a more common dry form and a less common wet form. In the dry form, which affects 90% of AMD patients, aging deposits called drusen become deposited underneath the macula. In the vast majority of patients, these drusen cause no visual changes; however, in some the drusen can cause the macula to thin, resulting in a slow, gradual decrease in central vision. If the drusen cause substantial weakening of important layers in the macula, the wet form of AMD may then develop. Wet AMD develops when abnormal blood vessels start to grow through the layers of the macula that have been weakened by the dry form of AMD. These abnormal blood vessels can cause bleeding, leakage of fluid, and the formation of scar tissue, which in turn can lead to a rapid and severe loss of central vision. Although only 1 in 10 patients with AMD will convert from the dry to the wet form, the wet form accounts for 90% of the vision loss associated with AMD. The chance of a patient with dry AMD converting to the more agressive wet form is approximately 2% each year...

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