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Upcoming BrightFocus Chats

BrightFocus Chats® are a monthly series of telephone discussions with health experts who take questions from call participants on vision diseases, such as macular degeneration.

The Chats are provided for patients and loved ones who have many unanswered questions and fears, and with little time to address them all in the doctor’s office.

You can access the telephone discussions by registering below or by calling 1-877-229-8493 at 1 p.m. Eastern on the day of the Chat and using the ID code 112435.

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Past Chats

AMD: The Latest Results from the AREDS2 Study (June 2021)

July 12, 2021

The event featured Emily Chew, MD, Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications at the National Eye Institute. Dr. Chew shared the latest news on the role of nutritional supplements in age-related macular degeneration. Participants asked questions about how to know if they are purchasing the correct supplements and if AREDS2 can reverse vision damage.

Safety and the Older Driver (May 2021)

June 8, 2021

The event featured Elin Schold Davis from the Older Driver Initiative, who provided information about diseases that cause vision issues or loss and the effects on driving. Many participants had questions and concerns about safe driving conditions, signs for concerns about driving, and how to transition to driving less.

Living Well with Vision Loss (April 2021)

April 28, 2021

This event featured Dr. Bonnielin Swenor, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director of the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center, and an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She is also an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, as well as a core faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health. Dr. Swenor discussed advancements in the field of vision research, the stigma and burden associated with vision loss, and the connection between vision health and cognitive health. Dr. Swenor also advocated for those with vision loss, stating the importance of society becoming more universally designed for those with vision loss.

An Update on Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Geographic Atrophy (March 2021)

March 24, 2021

The event featured Dr. David S. Liao, a board-certified ophthalmologist at the Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the retina and vitreous. Dr. Liao discussed the latest treatments to manage dry AMD and geographic atrophy, recent clinical trials, ways to slow the progression of vision loss, and how to maintain and improve quality of life after the diagnosis of a vision loss disease.

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