Age Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Clarksville TN

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David Bruce Birnbaum, MD
Clarksville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1986

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Dr.Charles Fitch
(931) 552-6830
1731 Memorial Drive #202
Clarksville, TN
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1987
Speciality
Ophthalmologist
General Information
Hospital: Gateway Health System, Clarksville, Tn
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.8, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Adam Gurney Buchanan, MD
Clarksville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pa State Univ Coll Of Med, Hershey Pa 17033
Graduation Year: 1998

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Karen Lynn Nixon, MD
1113 Thornberry Dr
Clarksville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1994

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Richard Philip Gannaway, MD
(931) 552-6830
1731 Memorial Dr Ste 100
Clarksville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1987

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Reginald Shaw Lowe, MD
(931) 552-6830
1731 Memorial Dr Ste 100
Clarksville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1959
Hospital
Hospital: Gateway Health System, Clarksville, Tn; Vanderbilt Med Ctr, Nashville, Tn
Group Practice: Clarksville Ophthalmology

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Earle Glenn Sanford, MD
(253) 968-1760
Clarksville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1996

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Charles Patrick Fitch, MD
1731 Memorial Dr
Clarksville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Gateway Health System, Clarksville, Tn
Group Practice: Clarksville Ophthalmology

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Steven M Brady, DO
Clarksville, TN
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of New England, Coll Of Osteo Med, Biddeford Me 04005
Graduation Year: 1998

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Steven Routledge OD
Pearle Vision
(931) 648-0544
1492 Madison St
Clarksville, TN
 
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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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