Age Related Macular Degeneration Treatment American Fork UT

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Dr.Aaron Smalley
(801) 341-6200
12 North 1100 East
American Fork, UT
Gender
M
Speciality
Ophthalmologist
General Information
Hospital: American Fork
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Jay Dean Clark, MD
(801) 224-6767
175 N 400 W
Orem, UT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1974

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William Scott Lohner, MD
(801) 426-9800
700 W 800 N Ste 160
Orem, UT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1994

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Matthew Reed Parsons, MD
(801) 374-1818
1735 N State St
Provo, UT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1986

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Paul Ferron Olson, MD
(801) 357-7373
1055 N 300 W Ste 204
Provo, UT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Utah Valley Reg Med Ctr, Provo, Ut
Group Practice: Utah Valley Eye Ctr

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Jesse Neville Hunsaker, MD
(801) 756-9627
12 N 1100 E
American Fork, UT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1978

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Jamie Maria Monroe, MD
(801) 224-6767
175 N 400 W
Orem, UT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1988

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Todd Cook, MD
(801) 357-7373
1055 N 300 W Ste 204
Provo, UT
Specialties
Ophthalmology, Emergency Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1997

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Randal Nylan Ellsworth, MD
(801) 374-1818
1735 N State St
Provo, UT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1986

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Todd Brian Engen, MD
(801) 374-1818
1735 N State St
Provo, UT
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1992

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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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