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Kenneth Shannon Tilley, MD
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1964

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Min Shen Chang, MD
5058 Villa Crest Dr
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1987

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Kerry James Schumacher, MD
(615) 453-1653
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Radiology, Ophthalmology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1977

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Robert Stewart Shofner, MD
(615) 340-4733
2021 Church St Ste 300
Nashville, TN
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Ophthalmology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1983

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Sean Parnell Donahue, MD
(615) 936-2020
Vanderbilt Med Ctr,
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1989

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Martin Ira Perlmutter, MD
(615) 329-1903
181 Thompson Ln
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1977

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Marcel Rene Estopinal, MD
(615) 834-8310
397 Wallace Rd Ste 310
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
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Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1986

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Darrell James Williams, MD
(615) 834-8310
397 Wallace Rd Ste C310
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1990

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Mary Milam Walker, MD
(615) 329-5988
2010 Church St Ste 608
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1992

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Franco Maria Recchia, MD
8018 Medical Center East,
Nashville, TN
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Ophthalmology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1996

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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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