Note to editors: International AMD Awareness Week is September 22-28,
2012. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision
loss in Canada; more than one million Canadians are living with some
form of the disease, a figure that is expected to double in the next 25
TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - CNIB is warning Canadians that
age-related macular degeneration (AMD) continues to be the leading
cause of vision loss in Canadians over 50 years old. And, with the
aging population, the number of people diagnosed with the disease is
expected to double in the next 25 years. But the good news is there are
things people can do to minimize their risk.
"A number of lifestyle choices can be very effective in the prevention
of vision loss from AMD," said Dr. Keith Gordon, CNIB's Vice-President,
Research. "Things like not smoking, eating a diet rich in leafy greens
and omega-3 fatty acids, wearing sunglasses and exercising regularly
are all proven to help maintain vision health."
AMD causes damage to the macula, the central part of the retina
responsible for seeing fine details (such as reading print or seeing
faces). People with AMD experience blurred central vision and a growing
central blind spot.
Dr. Gordon added: "Early diagnosis is extremely important to prevent
vision loss. Especially if you're over 50, you really need to be
getting your eyes examined on a regular basis. New treatments for AMD
are quite effective, but the earlier the disease can be diagnosed, the
better the outcome."
As part of AMD Awareness Week, CNIB is proud to launch a new guide for
Canadians who have been diagnosed with or are at risk of getting AMD,
called Your Guide to Age-related Macular Degeneration.
"There's no need to wade through the results of an internet-search
trying to determine what's true and what's not when it comes to AMD.
CNIB's new guide is a one-stop source for credible information," urged
He added: "Whether it's learning about how to minimize risk, becoming
more proactive about treatment or accessing vital support services, the
guide will help to empower people with AMD to live full, meaningful
lives and truly see beyond vision loss."
To download a copy of CNIB's Your Guide to Age-related Macular Degeneration, visit cnib.ca/amd.
The development of CNIB's Your Guide to Age-related Macular Degeneration was made possible through an educational grant from Novartis
Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based
support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are
blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and
opportunities to fully participate in life. To learn more, visit cnib.ca or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.
For further information:
or to schedule an interview with Dr. Keith Gordon, a local CNIB spokesperson or someone who has AMD, please contact:
Manager, Communications, CNIB
(902) 453-1480 ext. 5709
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