Free eye testing for over 50’s

FREE testing and information will be available to detect the early signs of AMD at a range of participating local opticians and eye doctors throughout AMD Awareness Week, which continues until Sunday, September 25,

FREE testing and information will be available to detect the early signs of AMD at a range of participating local opticians and eye doctors throughout AMD Awareness Week, which continues until Sunday, September 25,

AMD Awareness Week aims to increase public awareness on how to spot the symptoms of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and to highlight the importance of early diagnosis.

AMD is the principal cause of sight loss for people over the age of 50 in the Western World. Although it is not as well known as other eye diseases such as cataracts or glaucoma, it is the most common cause of registered blindness in Ireland and affects one in ten people over the age of 50.

According to Lynda McGivney-Nolan, Optometric Advisor, “We recommend that people in the over 50 age bracket have an eye examination at least every two years to have their vision tested and to get the back of their eyes checked. The most obvious symptoms of AMD are sudden onset of distortion and blurring in the centre of a person’s vision and early detection ensures that the condition can be treated effectively.”

The test to detect the early signs of AMD can be carried out by local opticians/optometrists and eye doctors.It is simple, quick, non invasive and gives an immediate result.

Further information about AMD and free testing locations throughout Offaly is available at www.amd.ie