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Clayton Gregg Blehm, MD
Waynesville, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 2001

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Stephen W Hartzell, MD
(828) 452-5816
486 Hospital Dr
Clyde, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ
Graduation Year: 1995

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Gary P Todd, MD
6849 Crusco Rd
Canton, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wake Forest Univ
Graduation Year: 1967

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Leroy Roberson OD
K D Walters Optometry
(828) 456-8361
29 N Main St
Waynesville, NC
 
David Markoff MD
Mountain Eye Assoc
(828) 452-5816
65 Park St
Canton, NC
 
Michael Roy Oswald, MD
(828) 452-5816
486 Hospital Dr
Clyde, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1995

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David Dwight Markoff, MD
(828) 452-5816
486 Hospital Dr
Clyde, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1986

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Richard Beauchemin Jr, MD
(828) 586-7462
70 Westcare Dr Ste 403
Sylva, NC
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1983

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Charles Kirby MD
Wnc Eye Care Assoc
(828) 456-0700
737 S Haywood St
Waynesville, NC
 
Stephen Hartzell MD
Mountain Eye Assoc
(828) 648-2483
65 Park St
Canton, NC
 
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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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