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Sept. 10 - The Latest Treatments in Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

September 10, 2019 - Renowned macula and retina specialist Dr. Peter Liggett of Hilton Head Macula & Retina will lead an educational seminar on the latest treatments in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 7 at the Hilton Head Island Senior Center, located at 70 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite L on Hilton Head Island. This event is free and open to the public.

To register, please call the Hilton Head Island Senior Center at 843-785-6444 or online at https://hhmr.org/hhi-senior-center/.

AMD is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It is a is a disorder of the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead. AMD by itself does not lead to complete blindness, with no ability to see. However, the loss of central vision in AMD can interfere with simple everyday activities, such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, write, or do close work, such as cooking or fixing things around the house.

Dr. Liggett will discuss the latest advancements in stem cells, gene transfer and how lifestyle changes affect patients with AMD. Dr. Liggett is a leader in  the evaluation and treatment of macular and retinal diseases. Liggett has been a clinical professor of ophthalmology at Yale School of Medicine and Weill Cornell College of Medicine. He founded New England Retina Associates, which had six retina specialists and more than 10,000 patient visits per year. He has written more than 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited four major textbooks on diseases of the macula and retina. He is an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology, which certifies doctors to practice in ophthalmology. 

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