Age Related Macular Degeneration Treatment Kalamazoo MI

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George C Whitaker, MD
(619) 343-0377
1535 Gull Rd Ste 120
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Ophthalmology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Borgess Med Ctr, Kalamazoo, Mi; Bronson Methodist Hosp, Kalamazoo, Mi
Group Practice: Midwest Eye Care

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Duva Jean Amberson, MD
1052 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1990

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David Grant Dvorak, MD
(269) 671-4123
252 E Lovell St Ste 255
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1964
Hospital
Hospital: Bronson Methodist Hosp, Kalamazoo, Mi

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Jonathan Alan Rowe, MD
(269) 343-1684
1052 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1994

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Kurt Anthony Haller, MD
(616) 343-1684
1052 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1986

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James William Melluish, MD
(269) 343-1684
1052 Gull Rd
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1965

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James Edward Haviland, MD
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 2000

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John Craig Hendricks, MD
(616) 488-2626
601 John St Ste M-206B
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Borgess Med Ctr, Kalamazoo, Mi; Bronson Methodist Hosp, Kalamazoo, Mi
Group Practice: Healthcare Midwest Opthalmology; Healthcare Midwest Physical Therapy; Healthcare Midwest Surgery Center

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Ronald Lee Vanderlugt, MD
(269) 383-1110
1717 Shaffer St Ste 207
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1982

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John Richard Trittschuh, MD
(616) 344-3366
4016 W Main St
Kalamazoo, MI
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Languages
German, Spanish
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1967

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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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