November 27, 2014
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Independent Living group hosts symposium on macular degeneration

The Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) will be hosting a symposium entitled, “Living with Macular Degeneration,” on Thursday, May 31 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Warwick.

The event will feature a panel of prominent physicians, including Dr. Harold Woodcome, Dr. Lory Snady-McCoy, Dr. Salvatore Loporchio, Dr. Robert Janigian and Dr. Gaurav Gupta, who will present the latest information on this condition. Dr. Helene Bradley will discuss low-vision aids. In addition, there will be key vendors on site to provide important information and demonstrate devices that can assist individuals to maintain independence.

Some of the questions that will be addressed by the panelists will be: What is Macular Degeneration? What should I be doing if I have Macular Degeneration? What new treatments are available now? Is genetics a factor? What is happening with stem cell research? What is the status of the special intra-ocular lenses? What about retinal implants and transplants? What information from TV, radio and the Internet should I believe? Do those “vision vitamins” work? What low vision aids can help me and how can I obtain them?

Persons having macular degeneration and their family members will find this symposium very helpful. Pre-registration is required. There is a $20 charge to the general public and $35 for professionals. Anyone interested can contact OSCIL at

738-1013 ext. 13 to request a registration form. The registration form can also be obtained on OSCIL’s website at www.oscil.org. OSCIL is not able to accept registrations at the door.


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