MACULAR DEGENERATION ASSOCIATION
Am I at Risk of Losing My Vision?
SATURDAY, April 21, 2012 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Descanso Gardens - 1418 Descanso Drive La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
The event is designed to empower and educate attendees by informing them about age-related macular degeneration (AMD), including the progression of the disease and the risks of vision loss as a result. The symposium will also cover precautionary methods that may delay the onset of AMD and reduce retinal damage.
There will be a FREE screening before the symposium. This screening will determine if your eyes have any form of early macular degeneration. Event attendees will learn the latest treatment advances evolving in the macular field, including the revolutionary Macula Risk® test, a new genetic test predicting one's likelihood of developing wet AMD the most serious form of the disease. In addition to establishing an individual’s genetic predisposition to macular degeneration, the test is also useful in formulating a customized treatment plan for those diagnosed with AMD. This test is available through your doctor’s office.
Exhibitors and featured event speakers will offer participants many opportunities to learn about the latest advances in macular degeneration research, precautionary methods, medications, treatments, and low vision therapies, vitamins and occupational therapy.
Dr. Kent Small is the program chair from theMacula & Retina Institute.
My interest in the field of medicine began when I was 10 years old and was influenced by my mother, who was a nurse for the United States Air Force. I went on to earn my medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine. I became fascinated with the field of ophthalmology while conducting research on the eye during my residency at Duke University Eye Center. I decided to specialize in retinal surgery because it requires a combination of skill and sensitivity to correct conditions that are highly complex in nature.
Other featured speakers include Leslie Burkhardt, MSLVR- Braille Institute of America
MDA’s educational symposium in Glendale, AZ will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to interact with nationally known macular expert, local medical professionals, fellow patients and caregivers in an open forum.
Registration is open. Seating is limited to the first 165 participants. Morning Refreshments and Lunch will be served.
You may register by calling Lynne Henry at (941)870-4399.
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Macular Degeneration Association
The Macular Degeneration Association is a nonprofit health organization providing macular research, information and advocacy. MDA is an IRS recognized 501(c)3 organization and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
The mission of the organization is to cure macular degeneration and to improve the lives of all people affected by the disease.
To fulfill this mission, the MDA will fund research, publish scientific findings, provide funding for education, information and other services to people with macular degeneration, their families, healthcare professionals and the public. The foundation advocates for the increase in funding for scientific research and for the rights of people with macular degeneration.
The money raised by the foundation funds research,education, information programs and advocacy and awareness efforts that will support the over 9.1 million people with macular degeneration in communities across America.