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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 8, 2003

UI Program To Focus On Macular Degeneration

Area residents are invited to hear University of Iowa Health Care experts discuss macular degeneration at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

Edwin M. Stone, M.D., Ph.D., and Mark E. Wilkinson, O.D., will present an overview of macular degeneration, including: the signs and symptoms, the latest in treatment options and low vision rehabilitative management and advances in research.

Stone is a professor of ophthalmology at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, director for the UI Center for Macular Degeneration and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

Wilkinson is an associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at UI Hospitals and Clinics and director of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Service for the UI Center for Macular Degeneration.

Vision loss ranks third, behind arthritis and heart disease, as a condition that causes the need for assistance with activities of daily living in individuals over age 70. Macular degeneration is the most common cause of visual impairment for individuals 65 years and older in the United States.

This program is part of the Health For Your Lifetime series presented by UI Health Care. The presentation is free and open to the community. Pre-registration is encouraged.

To register or for more information, call UI Health Access at 384-8442 or toll-free at 1-800-777-8442.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

CONTACTS: Program Contact: Tom Walljasper, Writer, 319-384-7353, mailto:; Media Contact: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,