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Retina Group of New York To Present Seminar on Age-Related Macular Degeneration; The Leading Cause of Visual Loss in Seniors
Date:7/25/2008

The Retina Group of New York will present an educational meeting regarding age-related macular degeneration especially designed for seniors. The lecture will be held at the Farmingdale Public Library at 116 Merritts Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15. Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided. The phone number for pre-registration is (516) 939-6100.

Hicksville and Hauppauge, NY (PRWEB) July 25, 2008 -- Learn all about macular degeneration, including how to monitor your vision, preventative measures, and current treatments at a free seminar at the Farmingdale Public Library on August 15 at 1:00 p.m. The presentation will feature James M. Maisel M.D. and Joanna J. Oda, M.D., vitreoretinal specialists from the Retina Group of New York. As people live longer, they are subject to increasing incidence of age-related macular degeneration. Seniors may be unaware that they are at risk for vision loss and that treatments may be available for them. The doctors will discuss the symptoms, causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of age-related macular degeneration and answer questions. Preference will be given to UFSD #22 residents. Farmingdale Library patrons may pre-register without charge for this program over the phone at (516) 249-9090 using their library card.

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe visual loss in patients over 65 and occurs almost exclusively in seniors. The macula is the center portion of the retina and is used for straight-ahead vision. It is the only part of the retina capable of providing the fine vision necessary for reading and detailed work. There is a dry and wet form of the disease. The more common dry form causes pigmentation of the macula, similar to aging spots on the skin, is slowly progressive and accounts for only about 15% of severe central visual loss. It can be slowed with certain vitamins a
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