Dr. Michael Tolentino and Dr. Benjamin Kim are featured speakers for the February 25, 2012, Educational Seminar to be held at The Waterfront Inn in The Villages.

The seminar will be 8AM-12PM.  The topic is “Breakthroughs in Various Technologies for Macular Degeneration.” Dr. Tolentino is the chair of this event.  He is a retina specialist with Center for Retina and Macular Disease as well as scientific co-founder and medical director of the Macular Degeneration Association (MDA).  Dr. Benjamin Kim, MD, also a retina specialist with Center for Retina and Macular Disease, will join Dr. Tolentino at this event.  The Waterfront Inn is located at 1105 Lakeshore Drive in the Villages.

The Macular Degeneration Association’s educational symposium in The Villages will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to interact with nationally known macular experts, a low vision specialist, fellow patients and caregivers in an open forum.

Registration is open. Seating is limited to the first 120 participants.
The cost is $10.00 per person which will include morning refreshments.
To register please call Lynne Henry at (941) 870-4399

For more information, visit this website.

Center for Retina and Macular Disease is hosting a program on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 3:30-5PM. “New Technology for Low Vision, Electronic Readers, and More” will be held at CRMD’s Winter Haven location at 250 Ave. K, SW, Suite 200. The speaker will be Ike Presley, American Foundation for the Blind. This is a meeting of the Low Vision Support Group for people affected by macular degeneration and other eye conditions that cause vision loss.

R.S.V.P to reserve your seat: 863.297.5400, ext. 2019.

Center for Retina and Macular Disease had a team of employees participate in the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ 4th annual Vision Walk. The event took place on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Al Lopez Park in Tampa, Florida. It was a beautiful sunny day to support a great cause!

The CRMD team joined over 200 walkers for the Vision Walk: A Cure is in Sight. For more information about this organization visit this website: Vision Walk.

Thanks to Melanie Lee, Center for Retina and Macular Disease’s Vision Walk chair and member of our Community Outreach Committee!

SARASOTA, FL, – October 10, 2011 – The Macular Degeneration Association (MDA) announces Adam Berger, M.D. as the newest member of the Association’s medical board. Dr.Berger is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in diseases of the vitreous and retina. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York, Brooklyn, NY. Dr.Berger is a recognized expert in new therapies for retinal and macular Diseases.

Dr. Berger is a retina specialist with the Center for Retina and Macular Disease.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists.

“Macular degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness in people over 55 years of age. Unfortunately, too many macular patients are not afforded the opportunity to learn about new advances in the field,” said Larry Hoffheimer, founder and chairman of the Sarasota-based Macular Degeneration Association, “we are excited to welcome Dr. Berger as an integral member of our team, as he will only enhance our efforts to further educate macular degeneration patients all across the world.”

 About the Macular Degeneration Association (MDA)

The Macular Degeneration Association (MDA) is a nonprofit health organization dedicated to educating and empowering age-related macular degeneration patients all across the world.

Age-related macular degeneration is an increasingly prevalent degenerative eye disease, affecting millions of aging seniors. The mission of MDA is to educate patients on the latest advances in treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD). However, the focus extends far beyond diagnosed patients. The MDA is committed to the senior population at large, those most at risk of developing macular degeneration.

The goal of the Macular Degeneration Association is to provide information about risk factors, genetic predisposition, and proper diagnosis, as well as preventative efforts and treatment options that will likely reduce the most adverse effect of AMD, blindness.

The MDA is passionate about funding and developing sophisticated patient education and advocacy programs designed to improve macular patients’ quality of life. This is accomplished through the Association’s patient education conferences and seminars held nationwide.

The Association honors its commitment to prioritizing patient education by aligning itself with experts in the macular field, investigating retina-related scientific breakthroughs, and disseminating new scientific advances to macular patients across the world.

The MDA strongly believes that providing support, education and empowerment to the millions of people living with age-related macular degeneration will improve patient quality of life, and energize the retina field to develop advances in treating AMD. It is their hope that encouraging knowledge and awareness will ultimately lead to a cure.

The money raised by the foundation funds research, information programs, advocacy and awareness efforts that will support the over 9.1 million people with macular degeneration in communities across America. For more information, please visit their website.

Center for Retina and Macular Disease will again sponsor a Low Vision Support Group the second Wednesday of each month this fall. Each meeting is held at our Winter Haven Location at 250 Ave. K, SW, Ste. 200, from 3:30-5:00PM.

The meeting schedule is listed below with the topics.

September 14 3:30-5:00PM Keeping Fit: Fall Prevention and Exercise for Older Adults
with Vision Loss- Presented by Anne Riddering with Visual Rehab and Research Center, Henry Ford Health Center.
October 5 3:30-5:00PM Emotion and Adjustment – with Julia Kleinshchmidt, PhD, Director, Patient Support Program, Moran Eye Ctr. Note this meeting is the 1st Wed. of the month.
November 9 3:30-5:00PM Hallucinations and Low Vision: Understanding Charles Bonnet Syndrome – Liz Trauernicht, Director, MD Foundation
December 14 3:30-5:00PM New Technology for Low Vision- Electronic Readers and More –
Ike Presley, American Foundation for the Blind

To reserve your seat, please leave a message at 863.297.5400, ext. 2019.

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