Dr Wafapoor Nov 2010

Dr. Alexander Eaton

Dr_Awh_8-2011On Saturday, Feb. 22, Retina Health Center and the Foundation Fighting Blindness will host the 11th annual Southwest Florida Macular Degeneration Symposium with world-renowned experts providing the latest information on treatment options and new discoveries. Attendees will learn about the advent of personalized medicine for the management of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), what many are calling the most important breakthrough in the treatment of macular degeneration in 2013. They will also hear about current treatment options, clinical trials and new technologies for AMD.

This free three-hour presentation will be given twice on Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-noon and from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, 5001 Coconut Rd. in Bonita Springs. To ensure an available seat, attendees must register in advance by calling 800-586-6765.

Dr. Carl Awh, an internationally-recognized retina specialist, will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Symposium. Dr. Awh will share the results of his work that lead to the discovery of the importance of individuals knowing their genotype in order to optimally manage their AMD. He will explain how knowing your genotype will help you select the best nutritional supplements for you and how this approach can more than double your benefit when compared to taking nutritional supplements without knowing your genotype.

In addition to Dr. Awh’s presentation, Drs. Alexander Eaton and Hussein Wafapoor of Retina Health Center will provide an overview of macular degeneration and discuss ongoing studies at Retina Health Center’s Macular Degeneration Research Center in Fort Myers that are helping patients at the local, national and international level. Guests will also hear from Dr. Timothy Schoen of the Foundation Fighting Blindness who will share a global perspective on retinal degenerative disease research.

About the keynote speaker, Dr. Carl Awh

Dr. Awh currently practices at Tennessee Retina, where he is the managing partner. He has also served as an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the director of Vitreoretinal Service at the Krieger Eye Institute, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and an instructor of ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Awh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, and post-graduate training at Georgetown University Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center.

Retina Health Center was established in 2002 by Dr. Alexander M. Eaton, a long-time Southwest Florida resident, who has been practicing ophthalmology in Lee and Collier counties since 1993. Dr. Eaton and Dr. Hussein Wafapoor of Retina Health Center are principal investigators for the Macular Degeneration Research Center, founded by Dr. Eaton, which has conducted numerous studies to prevent and treat macular degeneration. For more information on the latest studies or to make an appointment, call 239-337-3337 in Fort Myers or 239-793-5200 in Naples or visit www.RetinaHealthCenter.com.