30.09.2009

Retired doctor wants to start blindness support group

Retired doctor wants to start blindness support group

By Alexa Kaczka

A retired doctor in Albany is working to start up a help group for people who suffer from sight problems.

Dr Allen Silver, who is 90, suffers from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and has various gadgets to help him go about his daily life despite his ailment.

He told the Democrat Herald that many people with visual impairments do not know where to go for help.

"I believe forming this group may make a difference," he said.

Mr Silver also told the paper that he disagrees with the restrictions placed on stem cell research by the Bush administration, stating that such studies could help find a cure for conditions such as AMD and diabetes.

Blindness charity the RNIB gives information about AMD.

It is more common in women and is linked to factors including smoking and overexposure to sunlight.

Early symptoms may include distorted or blurry vision and straight lines may look wavy.

by Emily Tait


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