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News Release

April 25, 2014

BrightFocus Telephone Chat to
Highlight the Latest Treatments for
Macular Degeneration

April 30 Chat to Assess Treatment Options

Clarksburg, MD—The third in a series of free telephone discussions on vision diseases takes place on April 30, when BrightFocus Foundation presents “Treatments for Macular Degeneration.” A medical specialist will discuss and answer caller questions on treatments for this eye disease that in advanced stages can result in blurred or distorted vision.

The free telephone chat begins at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific), on April 30. The featured speaker is Albert O. Edwards, MD, PhD, a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in diseases and surgery of the retina at Oregon Retina, LLP. He will describe current treatments, indicate what therapies may be on the horizon, and answer callers’ questions about options for care.

Macular degeneration, a common disorder among people 60 and older, harms the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision needed to see objects clearly. As many as 11 million people in the U.S. have some form of this disease, and that number could double by 2050.

“Currently there are a limited number of approved treatments for macular degeneration,” says Chat moderator Guy Eakin, Ph.D., BrightFocus Vice President for Scientific Affairs. “Our goal is to help people understand what therapies are currently available, or may be possible in the future based on research discoveries today.”

Callers to the chat will be able to learn from and ask questions of Dr. Edwards.


BrightFocus Chat: Treatments for Macular Degeneration


Wednesday, April 30, 1-2 p.m. Eastern Time (10-11 a.m. Pacific)


Albert O. Edwards, MD, PhD is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in diseases and surgery of the retina at Oregon Retina, LLP, of Eugene, Oregon

How to Join the Call:

You can join the free chat directly at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific) on April 30 by calling toll-free 1-877-229-8493, and using the ID code 112435

Previous Chats:

Individuals who missed the popular BrightFocus Chats in February and March can listen to the audio or read the transcript


BrightFocus Foundation (www.brightfocus.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing brain and eye health, by funding research worldwide on glaucoma, macular degeneration, and Alzheimer’s disease. BrightFocus also provides the public with information about these diseases, including risk factors, current treatments, and coping strategies. If you have questions about a BrightFocus Chat on macular degeneration, call 301-948-3244.


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Michael Buckley, Vice President of Public Affairs
BrightFocus Foundation
Phone: (301) 556-9370; Email: mbuckley@brightfocus.org

Alice L. Kirkman, Marketing and Communications Manager
BrightFocus Foundation
Phone: (301) 556-9349; Email: akirkman@brightfocus.org

Last Review: 04/25/14

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