AGING EYE SUMMIT WILL FOCUS ON THE GROWING THREAT OF VISION LOSS AND BLINDNESS FROM AMD

 
COLUMBUS, OH (May 19, 2011)– Age- Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) will be the focal point at the Aging Eye Summit being held in Columbus at The Ohio State University Havener Eye Institute, 315 Olentangy River Road, on Thursday, June 16, 2011. Featured speakers include Bonnie Kantor Burman, PhD, Director of the Ohio Department of Aging and Theodore Wymyslo, MD, Director, Ohio Department of Health.
 
The Summit, targeted to vision researchers, clinicians, patients, public health and rehabilitation professionals, aging network professionals, and leaders from government and the bio-tech industry, will address the growing threat of blindness and vision loss from AMD.  
 
Age-Related Macular Degeneration(AMD), a serious eye disease that primarily affects the part of the retina responsible for sharp central vision, is the most common cause of blindness and vision impairment in Americans age 60 and older. More than 90,000 Ohioans are now affected by AMD and, with the growth of the aging population, more than 185,000 Ohioans will be affected by AMD by the Year 2030.  AMD robs people of their central vision and often the ability to read a book, recognize a face, drive an automobile, see fine details, or distinguish some colors, which greatly limits personal independence. 
 
The most frightening aspect of the disease is that it progresses painlessly, with many patients not aware they are developing a problem. AMD patients slowly begin to lose their central vision which can eventually lead to permanent vision loss.  Unfortunately, once symptoms begin to appear, vision loss has already occurred. And, if left untreated, studies show that those diagnosed with “wet” AMD (a more rapidly progressing condition than “dry” AMD) may become functionally blind within two years.
 
Topics for the Summit address:
  • The present status and treatment of age-related macular degeneration
  • The latest research and treatment initiatives for age-related macular degeneration
  • Current strategies for prevention
  • Public health perspectives and resources
Additional featured speakers includes: Michael Wells, MD, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, The Ohio State University Department of Ophthalmology, Alan Letson, MD, Chief of the Retinal Division, The Ohio State University Department of Ophthalmology, Daniel Organisiak, Director, Petticrew Research Laboratory, Wright State University , Jeff Todd, Chief Operating Officer and Chair-Elect of the Vision Care Section of the American Public Health Association, and Sarah Yoest, OD, Low Vision Optometrist, Vision & Vocational Services.
 
Seating is limited to the first 110 registrants. Registration and lunch are complimentary. To register and for more information about the AMD Summit visit: www.preventblindness.org/Ohio/AMD_summit.
 
Ohio’s Aging Eye Public Private Partnership(AEPPP) is a statewide collaboration formed to respond to the growth aging eye challenges in Ohio. The mission of the AEPPP, an initiative supported by the Ohio Department of Aging, is to develop a strategic plan of action to address issues relating to vision care public policy, vision care services, vision education, and vision research that impact the quality of life for Ohio's seniors now and in the future.
 
About Prevent Blindness Ohio
Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country’s second-oldest national voluntary health organization. For more information or to make a contribution, call 800-301-2020 or visit us on the web at www.pbohio.org or facebook.com/pbohio.
 

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