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John Robert Willcockson, MD
(605) 665-9638
415 W 3rd St
Yankton, SD
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1968

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Jody Traub OD
Steckler Eye Care Ctr
(605) 665-6181
2101 Broadway Ave
Yankton, SD
 
John Robert Willcockson
(605) 665-9638
415 W 3rd St
Yankton, SD
Specialty
Ophthalmology

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Patrick Holt King
(605) 665-9638
415 W 3rd St
Yankton, SD
Specialty
Ophthalmology

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AaronR. Feser,O.D.
(605) 665-7762
Vision Care Associates,2701 Fox Run Parkway
Yankton, SD
 
Patrick Holt King, MD
(605) 665-9638
PO Box 819
Yankton, SD
Specialties
Ophthalmology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1979

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Mark Steckler OD
Vision Care Assoc
(605) 665-8688
508 W 23Rd St # 2
Yankton, SD
 
Paula Ann Hicks
(605) 665-9638
415 W 3rd St
Yankton, SD
Specialty
Ophthalmology

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BowenM. Mollman,O.D.
(605) 665-4600
Accurate Eye Care,3001 Broadway Avenue
Yankton, SD
 
Mark T Steckler OD
(605) 665-8688
508 W 23rd St Ste 2
Yankton, SD
Services
Optometrist

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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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