Free testing to detect early signs of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) will be available from a range of participating independent opticians/optomotrists in Tipperary during AMD Awareness Week from September 23-29.
AMD Awareness Week aims to promote early detection of the signs of AMD which is 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 is thought to affect one in 10 Irish people over the age of 50.
This year’s campaign has a sporting focus and is encouraging people over the age of 50 to ‘Keep an eye on the ball for AMD’ with regular eye checks and by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The following will offer testing in South Tipperary during AMD Awareness Week, according: Coghlan’s Chemist and RH Major’s in Carrick-on-Suir; Fitzgerald’s in Tipperary Tpwn; Flemings, Specsavers abnd RH Major’s in Clonmel; Eyesight Optician’s and KW Opticians in Cashel and Smith and O’Mahony in Cahir.
A Novartis mobile testing unit will also visit venues in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford. Those who are deemed to require medical investigation will be referred to an eye doctor for diagnosis.
The NCBI (the national sight loss agency), Fighting Blindness, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO) and the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI), supported by Novartis, are working together to increase public awareness of AMD and to highlight the importance of regular testing to identify early signs of the condition.
The most obvious symptoms of AMD are distortion and blurred central vision and the earlier a person identifies that they have a problem with their sight, the sooner they can make the adjustments which will help them maintain a full and independent life.
Further information about AMD and the free testing locations throughout the country is available at www.amd.ie.