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James Woodrow Harris Jr, MD
(828) 322-2050
PO Box 2588
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Catawba Mem Hosp, Hickory, Nc; Frye Reg Med Ctr, Hickory, Nc
Group Practice: Graystone Ophthalmology Assoc Pa; Graystone Ophthalmology Associates Pa

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Randal James Williams, MD
(323) 669-2303
PO Box 2588
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1969

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Thomas Reginald Williams, MD
(704) 345-6257
PO Box 2588
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1989

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Ralph Everett Oursler, MD
(828) 322-2050
858 2nd St NE
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1995

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Kirk Albert Murdock, MD
(828) 322-6040
27 13th Ave NE
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1988

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Richard Madison Griffin, MD
(828) 322-2050
858 2nd St NE
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1959
Hospital
Hospital: Lincoln Med Ctr, Lincolnton, Nc; Frye Reg Med Ctr, Hickory, Nc
Group Practice: Graystone Ophthalmology Assoc Pa; Graystone Ophthalmology Associates Pa

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Walter Lee King, MD
(828) 322-4973
336 10th Ave NE
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Catawba Mem Hosp, Hickory, Nc; Frye Reg Med Ctr, Hickory, Nc
Group Practice: Viewmont Eye Assoc

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Richard Inki Chang, MD
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1997

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Ann Kathryn Joslyn, MD
(828) 322-2050
858 2nd St NE
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Catawba Mem Hosp, Hickory, Nc
Group Practice: Graystone Ophthalmology Assoc Pa; Graystone Ophthalmology Associates Pa

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William Rix Harris, MD
(828) 322-2050
PO Box 2588
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1956

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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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