Age-related macular degeneration awareness raised by EyeCare America campaign

December 1, 2008

For seniors with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the answer to the question "Do you see what I see?" is always no.

San Francisco-For seniors with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the answer to the question "Do you see what I see?" is always no.

EyeCare America’s holiday campaign and year-round program entitled "Do you see what I see?" promotes annual eye exams for people aged 65 years and older, raises awareness of AMD, provides the latest information about treatment options and low-vision services, offers free AMD educational materials, and facilitates access to no-cost eye care through EyeCare America’s AMD EyeCare Program.

The program is designed for people at increased risk for AMD who are aged 65 years and older, have not been diagnosed with AMD, are U.S. citizens or legal residents, have not seen an ophthalmologist in 3 or more years, and do not belong to an HMO or the Department of Veterans Affairs.

More than 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists will provide the eye exams across the United States. Those interested in the program can call 1-866-324-EYES (3937) to see whether they are eligible.

"There is no cure for AMD, but early detection and treatment may lessen severe vision loss and slow the progression of the disease," said William Tasman, MD, chairman of EyeCare America’s AMD EyeCare Program.

Related Content:

News