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FFB Goes Live to Help Save Vision

Save Your Vision Live!It’s no mystery that the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ core mission is funding research for treatments and cures of retinal diseases, and that we’re making significant progress. A recent influx of clinical, or human, trials of drug, gene and stem-cell therapies is proof. But another key FFB focus is informing the masses about retinal diseases through our public health-education program.

We do so in a variety of ways, including local vision seminars, resource materials, public service announcements and, of course, social media. At the Foundation’s national VISIONS 2014 conference next month, we will also host our first-ever Save Your Vision Live! online broadcast. Anyone interested in learning about age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and eye health for aging Americans can register for this free event and tune in live Thursday, June 19, at 6 p.m. EDT.

Viewers will hear need-to-know information about vision-loss prevention, AMD treatments and emerging therapies. And you can have your questions answered live by three experts: the Foundation’s Tim Schoen, Ph.D.; Colorado Retina Associates’ Alan Kimura, M.D.; and Jackson Eye Care and Walmart Vision Center’s Mark Jackson, O.D.

We’re also fortunate to be working with Walmart Health and Wellness leaders to empower their associates to spread the word about this exciting live event. So if you or a loved one has AMD, or is at risk, I encourage you to register today for Save Your Vision Live! You’ll gain valuable information from the comfort of your own home.


4 Responses to 'FFB Goes Live to Help Save Vision'

  1. Janet DiNola-Parmerter says:

    What the Foundation fighting Blindness is doing to impart knowledge about AMD is outstanding! To lose sight in your later years is frightening, however, knowledge is power, and knowledge conquers fear. In this century, there is so very, very much available with regard to technology and medical advances, no one really needs to become overwhelmed with fear.

    At the age of nine, when I began losing my sight in 1959, doctors had no idea what was happening. Therefore, it was easier to tell my parents I was jealous of my new baby sister and merely “psychologically blind.” After six years of doctors, friends, and family accusing me of lying to get attention, Doctor Eleanor Faye, from the New York Lighthouse for the Blind, actually believed me! I mention that, because after leaving her office, I saw my mother stop the car on Park Avenue, unable to drive home because she was frantically sobbing and could not see through her tears. My concern for her was real, when I said, “Mommy why are you crying? Someone finally believes me…I really AM losing my sight!” Had there been an internet, or more research on what at that time was called Juvenile Macular Degeneration, my mother would have understood what neither of us could not see nor understand.

    Consequently, the marvelous educational work of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and men like Ben Shafferman, not only helps those losing sight, but your educational assistance enables sighted family members, to understand a disease they cannot physically see. In other words, the Foundation aids many to see with “Eyes of understanding!” Thank you ALL for that!

  2. Veronica valencia says:

    My mother is 85 .She lost her vision in both eyes,She is suffering from degeneration of the macular.She has the wet ,Please,do you perform any kind of surgery,at least in one eye.She become sad because she cannot read anymore. IOf you can contact me with the information to let me know.Thank you .Veronica

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