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Don Dye OD
Wheeler & Dye
(706) 356-4772
Po Box 807
Elberton, GA
 
Dr Don R Dye OD
(706) 283-2351
17 S Thomas St
Elberton, GA
Services
Optometrist

Blue Laser Group
(706) 376-1733
95 N Jackson St
Hartwell, GA
 
Anderson Optometric Assoc PA
(706) 376-5471
946 Benson St
Hartwell, GA
Services
Optometrist

Althea Lorraine Turk, MD
(404) 221-0681
550 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1977

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Wheeler & Dye
(706) 283-2351
17 Thomas St
Elberton, GA
 
JoeH. Campbell,O.D.
(706) 376-5471
P.O. Box 727,946 Benson Street
Hartwell, GA
 
Hartwell Eye Care Ctr
(706) 376-5471
946 Benson St
Hartwell, GA
 
William Parker Marks Jr, MD
(678) 880-0662
125 Oakside Ct Ste 102
Canton, GA
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Languages
German, Spanish
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Kennestone Hosp, Marietta, Ga; Northside Hosp -Cherokee, Canton, Ga

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David S Carlin, MD
2347 Lenora Church Rd
Snellville, GA
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Graduation Year: 2000

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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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