As many as 11 million people in the United States have some form of age-related macular degeneration, an irreversible blindness. This startling number is expected to double by 2050.
Charlie Collins, who has been legally blind since childhood and is owner of Vision Dynamics in Cheshire, Conn is teaming up with two renowned eye care professionals to host a free informational seminar for sufferers of macular degeneration and other low-vision conditions.
“Finding Hope when Vision Fails” will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton.
Dr. David Tom of New England Retina Associates will discuss the newest medical treatments, nutrition and research for macular degeneration. A recognized expert in the field of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Dr. Tom is the principal investigator in several clinical trials for both the dry and wet forms of macular degeneration. He leads one of the top recruiting centers in the country for the most promising investigational studies for macular diseases.
Dr. Randolph Kinkade, a low vision optometrist and author of Guide to Macular Degeneration Eyeglasses, will introduce the newest high-power eyeglass options for low vision conditions. Dr. Kinkade has practiced in the field of low vision rehabilitation for 30 years. He travels extensively treating patients and often lectures on the newest options for enhancing sight. Dr. Kinkade also holds a Master in Public Health that allowed him to concentrate his studies on helping people with vision loss.
Charlie Collins, author and founder of Vision Dynamics, New England’s largest low vision hands-on demonstration store, will share the newest solutions for going from frustration to freedom. Since Collins is legally blind he understands how difficult it is to live with a visual impairment. He began Vision Dynamics to give others hope, encouragement and to inspire and empower people with low vision. Collins travels throughout the country sharing his message about overcoming obstacles and teaching people how to live a happy and independent life with vision impairment. Collins says, “What these doctors and I truly do is teach people how to see again - we don’t see with our eyes we see with our brains.”
“Finding Hope When Vision Fails,” which is open to the public as well as eye doctors and their staff, will be held from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Seating is limited so interested parties should RSVP Molly or Tracey at Vision Dynamics , (203) 271-1944 or molly@VisionDynamics.com. The Greens at Cannondale is located at 435 Danbury Road in Wilton, Conn.
The seminar is sponsored by Vision Dynamics, New England Retina Associates and Optelec US who all share a similar mission - to empower and inspire people with low vision, blindness, and learning difficulties with the hope, desire and ability to lead happy and independent lives.