AMD: Awareness Makes a Difference Week June 3-9

Non-profit Organization to Hold Educational Seminar on Age-related Macular Degeneration, the Leading Cause of Blindness in Older Americans

Atlanta, GA (May 30, 2013) –Today, more than 2 million Americans have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), including more than 47,000 people in Georgia.  AMD is an eye disease that causes central vision to deteriorate over time, making simple pleasures such as driving and reading increasingly difficult.  Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for AMD.    

The good news is that with early detection and treatment, vision can be preserved.  Prevent Blindness Georgia is joining the national “AMD: Awareness Makes a Difference” program to educate adults on the disease and the steps that can be taken today to protect vision in the future.

On June 5, Prevent Blindness Georgia will offer an educational seminar about AMD at Parc at Duluth, an active senior community in Gwinnett County. “AMD is the leading cause of blindness in Americans ages 50 and older,” said Jenny Pomeroy, CEO of Prevent Blindness Georgia.  “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 on the AMD: Awareness Makes a Difference event, or general information on AMD, please contact Prevent Blindness Georgia at 404-266-2020 or visit www.pbga.org.

About Prevent Blindness Georgia

Dedicated to eliminating preventable blindness, Prevent Blindness Georgia was founded in 1965 as the state affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization. With a focus on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness Georgia touches the lives of thousands of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, and community and patient service programs. To donate to the goodwork of Prevent Blindness Georgia, visit www.pbga.org or call 404-266-2020. Be sure to read our blog, fan us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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