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This website is designed to provide you with information about Age-related Macular Degeneration (commonly referred to as AMD). It describes what AMD is, as well as how it affects your vision and how to identify the signs and symptoms of the condition. It will also tell you what you should do if you have any concerns, or if you want more detailed information about AMD.

AMD Awareness Week 15th -21st September 2014

Begin A New Chapter and Get Your Eyes Tested for AMD

One in ten people in Ireland over the age of 50 have AMD11. The ‘Begin Your New Chapter’ campaign for AMD Awareness Week 2014, which takes place from Monday 15th – Sunday 21st September, is highlighting how AMD can impact a person’s ability to read and is encouraging people to protect their eyesight with regular eye tests.

The NCBI - Working for People with Sight Loss, Fighting Blindness, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO) and the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI), supported by Novartis, have developed this awareness campaign to help prevent further sight loss in Ireland. Regular eye tests for those aged over 50 can identify the early signs of AMD, ensuring that the disease can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

A dedicated Novartis mobile testing unit will offer free AMD testing in various locations nationwide for AMD Awareness Week. The mobile unit will visit Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford between Tuesday 16th and Saturday 20th of September (specific locations listed below) offering free AMD eye testing and information to the general public. Free AMD testing will also be available from your local participating eye care provider.

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AMD Awareness Week encourages anyone who is worried about their eyesight to speak to a healthcare professional and get their eyes tested. The mobile testing unit will visit the following locations between Tuesday 16th and Saturday 20th of September 2014:

Dublin on Tuesday 16th of September:

  • County Library Tallaght, Library Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24 from 10am - 2pm


Galway on Wednesday 17th of September:

  • Ballybane Library, Castlepark Road, Ballybane, Galway from 10am - 1pm
  • Galway Golf Club, Blackrock, Salthill, Galway from 2pm - 6pm


Limerick on Thursday 18th of September:

  • Limerick City Library, The Granary, Michael Street, Limerick from 10am - 1pm
  • Castletroy Golf Club, Golf Links Road, Castletroy, Limerick from 2pm - 6pm


Waterford on Friday 19th of September:

  • Waterford City Library, Broad Street, Waterford from 10am - 1pm
  • Waterford Golf Club, Newrath, Waterford from 2pm - 6pm


Cork on Saturday 20th of September:

  • Cork City Library, 57-61 Grand Parade, Cork from 10am to 1pm
  • Cork Golf Club, Little Island from 2pm to 6pm


Adverse events can be reported via the HPRA. Reporting forms and information can be found at

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