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Shaun Stewart Shafer, MD
204 McCollum St
Laramie, WY
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1991

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Gary Poteet OD
Family Vision Ctr
(307) 742-2020
1601 Barratt St
Laramie, WY
 
GeorgeA. Obssuth,O.D.
(303) 223-1660
PO Box 1452
Laramie, WY
 
James A Boucher OD And Sue E Lowe OD
(307) 742-2020
405 S 30th St
Laramie, WY
Services
Optometrist

Albany Eye Care Llc
(307) 745-8554
418 S 5th St
Laramie, WY
Services
Optometrist

Sue Lowe OD
Snowy Range Vision Ctr
(307) 742-2020
405 S 30Th St
Laramie, WY
 
Dr.Gary Poteet
(307) 742-2020
3810 Grand Ave
Laramie, WY
Gender
M
Speciality
Optometrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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EverettL. King,O.D.
(307) 745-8558
Albany Eye Care LLC,418 South 5th Street
Laramie, WY
 
Wal-mart Stores Inc
(307) 745-6112
4038 E Grand Ave
Laramie, WY
Services
Optometrist

CobyS. Ramsey,O.D.
(307) 742-2020
Snowy Range Vision Center,405 S 30th St
Laramie, WY
 
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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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