Free Seminar Focuses on Advancements in Macular Degeneration

01/07/99    Portland, Ore.

It's the most common cause of vision impairment in the United States. In fact, age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, causes eye problems in nearly one-third of Americans age 75 and older. Later this month, AMD will be the subject of a free public seminar at the Casey Eye Institute on the campus of Oregon Health Sciences University. The event will take place on Saturday, January 29, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Leading experts will discuss the latest research in the treatment of this disease, including laser and drug therapy, nutrition, rehabilitation, and genetics. A social worker will address the emotional impact macular degeneration can have on some patients and their families.

Macular degeneration is a physical disturbance in the center of the retina called the macula. Patients suffering from macular degeneration often report a loss of central vision and a decrease in their ability to see details clearly. A severe form of the disease can result in legal blindness. However, it does not cause total loss of vision, even in the most advanced cases.

For years, researchers at the Macular Degeneration Center in the Casey Eye Institute have been dedicated to improving the methods used in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease. In addition, doctors in the Elks Children's Eye Clinic treat young patients afflicted with a less common form called juvenile macular degeneration.

Free parking for the seminar is available in the garage adjacent to the Casey Eye Institute, located at 3375 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. Due to space limitations, advanced registration is required. For more information or to register for the seminar, please call the Casey Eye Institute's Macular Degeneration Center at (503) 494-3537.