Age Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Easthampton MA

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Dr.Nancy Balin
(413) 584-6666
269 Locust Street
Northampton, MA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1980
Speciality
Ophthalmologist
General Information
Hospital: Cooley Dickinson Hosp, Northampton, Ma
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Lauren J Shatz, MD
(305) 579-9973
51 Locust St Ste 4
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Col-Pa
Graduation Year: 1998

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Raymond Edward Hubbe, MD
(413) 584-6422
51 Locust St Ste 4
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1988

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Kevin W Hulseberg, MD
2 Hospital Dr
Holyoke, MA
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1991

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Paul Mintzer, MD
(413) 584-2733
2 Hospital Dr Ste 201
Holyoke, MA
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1981

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Nancy Balin, MD
(413) 584-6666
269 Locust St
Florence, MA
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Cooley Dickinson Hosp, Northampton, Ma; Mary Lane Hospital, Ware, Ma
Group Practice: Balin Eye & Laser Ctr

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Bruce Stephen Bleiman, MD
(413) 584-6422
51 Locust St Ste 4
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1973

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Robert John D'Amato, MD
(413) 536-3010
10 Hospital Dr
Holyoke, MA
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1988

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Alfred Hutt, MD
(413) 536-0006
10 Hospital Dr
Holyoke, MA
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1966

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Gerald J Halton, MD FACS
37 Lexington Ave
Holyoke, MA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell
Graduation Year: 1944

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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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