Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of registered blindness in Ireland, affecting 1 in 10 people over the age of 50. AMD Awareness Week aims to increase public awareness of how to spot the symptoms of AMD and to highlight the importance of early diagnosis.
Supported by Fighting Blindness, the National Council for the Blind (NCBI), the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO) and the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) in association with Novartis, AMD Awareness Week also strives to empower patients with the information and resources to maintain healthy eyesight, with free testing available nationwide and patient support information available on www.amd.ie.
Anna Moran, External Affairs Manager, Fighting Blindness; “AMD Awareness Week is about empowering people to take positive steps towards looking after their vision health. Fighting Blindness funds world leading research into treatments and cures for blindness caused by conditions such as AMD and furthermore, we deal directly with those affected by sight loss, offering support, information and advocacy on sight loss. Along with our colleagues in the NCBI, who are the front line service providers for vision impaired people, we are proud to be part of AMD Awareness Week and we encourage anyone interested in these issues to get in touch.”
Throughout AMD Awareness Week, free testing and information will be available to detect the early signs of AMD at a range of participating local opticians, eye doctors and other locations nationwide, including the locations below.