Age Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Andalusia AL

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Marnix Heersink MD
Eye Institute Of The South
(334) 222-7281
Po Box 867
Andalusia, AL
 
Joshua Driver OD
Atmore Vision Ctr
(334) 493-2991
604 N Main St
Opp, AL
 
Compassionate Eyecare
(334) 222-8561
1829 E Three Notch St
Andalusia, AL
 
Tillman Family Eye Care
(334) 222-4678
1860 E Three Notch St
Andalusia, AL
 
RichardH. Merrill,O.D.
P.O. Box 758
Andalusia, AL
 
John Fortin MD
Eye Institute Of The South
(334) 222-7281
Po Box 867
Andalusia, AL
 
William M Davidson PC
(334) 222-8561
1829 E Three Notch St
Andalusia, AL
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Optometrist

William M Davidson Dr
(334) 222-8561
P.O. BOX 1458
Andalusia, AL
 
ChadL. Davis,O.D.
(334) 222-8561
1829 East Three Notch,P.O. Box 1458
Andalusia, AL
 
KennyR. Blackston,O.D.
1412 Daniel Street
Andalusia, AL
 

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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