Dr. David Tom, from New England Retina Associates, will discuss the newest medical treatments, nutrition and research on macular degeneration. As a recognized expert in the field of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Dr. Tom is an investigator in several clinical trials for both the dry and wet forms of macular degeneration. http://www.retinamd.com
Dr. Randolph Kinkade, Connecticut optometrist and founding member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, will talk on vision enhancement. Dr. Kinkade is the author of the Guide to Macular Degeneration Eyeglasses, written to educate doctors and their patients regarding the newest high-power eyeglass options for low vision conditions. http://www.LowVisionEyeglasses.com
Mr. Charlie Collins, author and founder of Vision Dynamics, New England’s largest low vision hands-on demonstration store in Cheshire CT, will share the newest solutions for going from frustration to freedom. Since Collins is legally blind he understands how difficult it is to live with a visual impairment. http://www.VisionDynamics.com
“The biggest challenge for people with macular degeneration is they do not know the availability of all the different treatment options," says Dr. Kinkade. “There are significant medical and nutritional options as well as excellent magnification options.”
Treatments range from injections for wet macular degeneration to Spectacle Miniature Telescopes for mild to moderate macular degeneration. Electronic magnification and Implantable Miniature Telescopes are other treatment options.
Implantable Miniature Telescope for Macular Degeneration:
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"We now can offer better treatment options we only dreamed about a few years ago," said Dr. Kinkade.
Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of reading impairment and legal blindness in the country. As many as 11 million people in the United States have some form of macular degeneration. This number is expected to double by 2050.
“Finding Hope When Vision Fails,” which is open to the public as well as eye doctors and their staff, will be held from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Seating is limited to 100 people so interested parties must RSVP Molly or Tracey at Vision Dynamics, (203) 271-1944 or molly(at)VisionDynamics(