‘The Cat’ Is Blind; Free Seminar Will Open Your Eyes

If you’re a serious reader—as in, don’t watch TV (yes, we live among you)—what’s the worst thing that could happen to you, medically?

For me, it would be age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which, at its most severe, wipes out your central vision (ie: what is straight ahead of you), leaving peripheral stuff only. It’s the leading cause of legal blindness in people over 55. It’s left Argentinean jazz saxophone legend Gato Barbieri unable to write music, or read it. Or drive.

Saturday, April 19, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Orange Public Library and History Center, 407 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, you can learn just about everything you need to know about AMD, retinitis pigmentosa and other seriously debilitating retinal eye diseases.

Speaker at “Fighting Blindness in the Trenches/A Clinician’s Perspective” will be Brent C. Norman, M.D., of Newport Beach. He’ll be presenting his very personal take on what’s currently being done, what can be expected in future, and a whole lot more. The seminar is presented by the Orange County Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (www.fightblindness.org), a non-profit that’s raised over $270 million since 1971.

Attendance is free, just RSVP by April 17 to 866-782-7330 or go to orangecounty@fightblindness.org. Need a further reason to go? There’s a complimentary Continental breakfast. So, skip the zillion-calorie crap at Mickey D’s and go learn something that could be a blessing in your later years.

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