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People aged 50 and over in Westmeath are encouraged to participate in this year’s Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness campaign by availing of a free AMD test in late September.
As part of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Week 2015, which takes place from September 14 to 20, - a mobile eye testing unit will be in two Galway locations next Wednesday, September 16, where people can avail if a free test for AMD, a common, preventable eye disease that can cause blindness.
By Five per cent of Galway residents tested positive for age-related macular degeneratio (AMD), a leading cause of blindness, and have since been referred on to an eye specialist.
This year’s AMD Awareness Week is running from September 22 to 30, to promote early detection of the signs of AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration), the most common cause of registered blindness in Ireland. AMD is the principal cause of sight loss for people over the age of 50 in the western world and, although it is not as well known as other eye diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma, it is thought to affect one in 10 Irish people over the age of 50.
This year’s AMD Awareness Week is running from September 22-30 to promote early detection of the signs of AMD (age-related macular degeneration), the most common cause of registered blindness in Ireland.
New research carried out among people in Ireland over the age of 50 identified sight loss as their most commonly held fear, with 40 per cent of respondents highlighting that they would miss their independence most if they were affected by visual impairment, followed by reading (23 per cent) and driving (16 per cent).
This year’s AMD (age-related macular degeneration) Awareness Week takes place from Monday 20 to Sunday September 26 and will be marked with free eye testing in a selection of opticians in Kilkenny