Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Vision Impairment
February 20, 2013 8:33:23 PM PST
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

BEYOND THE HEADLINES
February 17, 2013
Vision Impairment
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

In this week's episode of "Beyond the Headlines," we take a look at various areas of vision impairment and the different treatments available.

As our baby boomers age, vision loss across the United States is set to double. According to a national opinion poll released by the American Foundation for the Blind, Americans fear vision loss more than they fear cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart disease, and other serious health problems.

We'll hear from local ophthalmologists about different causes and treatments for vision loss, a scientist developing new technology for the blind, and an organization helping to keep the blind employed.

Studio Guests

Lillie Mosaddegh, M.D.
Ophthalmologist
www.sfeyedoctors.com

Robert Bhisitkul, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, UCSF Department of Ophthalmology
www.ucsfeye.net

Joshua Miele, Ph.D.
Scientist
Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
www.ski.org
Find him on Twitter @BerkeleyBlink

Lisamaria Martinez
Donor Relations Coordinator
Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
www.lighthouse-sf.org
Find them on Twitter @lighthouse_sf
Find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/home.php#!/lighthousesf

Additional Information

For more information on Dr. Joshua Miele's Video Descriptive Research project, please visit: www.vdrdc.org

*The chronic eye treatment depicted in this week's episode of Beyond the Headlines, Lipiflow, is available at Dr. Mosaddegh's offices. For appointments and information, please visit her website www.sfeyedoctors.com or call: (415) 392-4437

For more information about macular degeneration, visit: www.aao.org

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