Dr. Karen Gehrs has co-authored research entitled, “Clinical Validation of a Genetic Model to Estimate the Risk of Developing Choroidal Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration.”

Dr. Gehrs is very involved with genetic research and collaborated with ten other experts.
Their study was published in July/August 2011 issue of Human Genomics, a well known ophthalmology journal.

Dr. Michael Tolentino is the program chair for a Summer Educational Seminar on Saturday, July 16, 2011. The event will be held in Dothan, Alabama.

Dr. Tolentino, a retina specialist with CRMD, is also a featured speaker at the seminiar entitled, “Can My Vision be Saved?”

Guest speakers will be Dr.Marnix Heersink, a well-known ophthalmologist at Eye Center South, Dothan, Alabama, and Dr. Joseph Fontenot, Medical Director of Community Services for Vision Rehabilitation, with offices in Mobile, Fairope and Montgomery, Alabama.

The Summer Educational Symposium will cover all the latest treatments and information about macular degeneration, including genetic testing. Genetic Testing will be available for those individuals that show signs of macular degeneration or have been diagnosed with this disease.

For more information and details about registration, visit the Macular Degeneratation Association (MDA) website.

The Macular Degeneration Association (MDA) is pleased to announce Dr. Sonya M. Braudway as the newest member of the MDA Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Braudway received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the Corpus Christi State University and her doctorate from the University of Houston College Of Optometry.

Dr. Braudway completed a fellowship in low vision rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Braudway is a board certified optometric physician in Winter Haven, Florida, and is active in several professional organizations including the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, the Florida Optometric Association and the Florida Division of Blind Services. Her current research interests include outcome studies in vision rehabilitation.

As a member of the MDA Medical Advisory Board, Dr. Braudway will help to develop a comprehensive low vision resource that will be added to the MDA patient education website.

“It’s an honor to welcome aboard a distinguished doctor and low vision specialist. Dr. Braudway will fulfill a great need for many of the patients MDA works hard to serve,” said Chairman, Lawrence Hoffheimer, “we look forward to working with her.”

About the Macular Degeneration Association (MDA)

The Macular Degeneration Association is a nonprofit health organization dedicated to educating and empowering age-related macular degeneration patients all across the world. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) 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 AMD. However, our focus extends far beyond diagnosed patients. The MDA is committed to the senior population at large, those most at risk of developing macular degeneration.

MDA’s goal 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. 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  Association strongly believe 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 MDA’s hope that encouraging knowledge and awareness will ultimately lead to a cure.

For more information, please visit the MDA website at.

Dr. Karen Gehrs, a retina specialist with the Center for Retina and Macular Disease, has co-authored a study published in the April 2011 issue of “Archives of Ophthalmology.”

Dr. Gehrs and several others looked at the relationship of healthy lifestyles to the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  The study found that diet, exercise, and smoking did affect the prevalence of AMD. The following conclusion was cited in the abstract of the study.

“Conclusion  Modifying lifestyles might reduce risk for early AMD as much as 3-fold, lowering the risk for advanced AMD in a person’s lifetime and the social and economic costs of AMD to society.”

Dr. Gehrs and the other authors found that the 3 “healthy behaviors;” a healthy diet, regular exercise and not smoking lead to 71% lower odds of developing age-related macular degeneration.

Visit this link to the April 2011 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology to read more.

Dr. Karen Gehrs, a retina specialist with the Center for Retina and Macular Disease, has co-authored a study published in the April issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology. The study findings explain that certain levels of Vitamin D may be associated with a reduced likelihood of developing early age-related macular degeneration in women younger than 75 years of age. Dr. Gehrs and the other researchers found that “Vitamin D status may significantly affect a woman’s odds of developing early AMD.”

View the synopsis of this study here. The complete abstract entitled, “Vitamin D Status and Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Postmenopausal Women” may be found in Archives in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Gehrs specializes in retina/vitreous and focuses her research in diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. She is certified in both the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Gehrs is an accomplished teacher, frequent lecturer and is very active in several professional associations.

After more than a dozen years as a vitreoretinal faculty member at the University of Iowa, Dr. Gehrs joined the Center for Retina and Macular Disease in 2009.

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