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EyeCare America Offers No-Cost Medical Eye Care to Qualified Seniors In Support of National AMD Month - March 2009
Date:3/2/2009

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people 65 years or older in the United States. According to the National Eye Institute, AMD affects more than 10 million Americans.

San Francisco, CA -- Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people 65 years or older in the United States. According to the National Eye Institute, AMD affects more than 10 million Americans. Macular degeneration refers to the breakdown of the macula of the eye, where our sharpest central vision occurs. A person with macular degeneration may be able to see a clock on a wall, but not see the numbers, or walk into a room without bumping into furniture. Words may look blurred and straight lines may appear crooked.

As our population ages, and the "baby boomers" advance into their 60's and 70's, we will see a virtual epidemic of AMD. In fact, according to the National Eye Institute, it is estimated that Americans with moderate to severe AMD will reach 17 million by the year 2020.

In support of National AMD Month this March 2009, EyeCare America encourages all seniors to see if they qualify for an eye exam at no out-of-pocket cost available through its AMD EyeCare Program by calling 1-866-324-EYES (3937). Recent studies also show that eating foods rich in antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc, may reduce the risk of AMD, or slow its progression in some people. In light of this, EyeCare America has developed a cookbook called Feast Your Eyes on This! which includes eye healthy recipes from celebrity chefs from across the United States. The complete cookbook is available for free online at

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