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    AMD program generates eye disease awareness

    Chicago—Prevent Blindness America (PBA) along with its affiliates and partners is joining forces to promote a national “AMD: Awareness Makes a Difference” program to educate adults on the disease and the steps that can be taken, including regular eye exams, to protect their vision.

    Starting this week, PBA is offering a free magnetic Amsler grid that individuals can use to monitor their central vision. If the lines appear wavy, distorted, or missing, it may be a sign of eye disease, such as AMD. Potential patients will be encouraged to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist immediately.

    “AMD is the leading cause of blindness in Americans ages 50 and older,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and chief executive officer of PBA. “By providing those in our community with the information they need about risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options, our goal is to help keep the eyes healthy well into the future.”

    For more information, visit the PBA website at preventblindness.org/amd or call 800/331-2020.

    For more articles in this issue of Ophthalmology Times eReport, click here.

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