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First international conference on women and blindness

me, a painful debilitating eye disease affecting millions worldwide, mostly women.

"Nutritional Factors and Eye Disease" by Richard D. Semba, MD, an associate professor of Ophthalmology, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, and International Health at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and The Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute in Baltimore, will explore what nutritional factors that are known to have an impact on vision and the nutrition prevention measures women can take to increase their eye health. For example, carotenoids and antioxidant vitamins appear to protect people from getting cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. And maintaining a healthy weight can prevent type 2 diabetes, with its disastrous consequences for the eye.

"Autoimmunity in Eye Diseases" will be the focus of a presentation by Janine A. Smith, MD, deputy clinical director of the National Eye Institute. Smith will discuss the higher incidence of autoimmune diseases in women and the ocular, potentially blinding features of these conditions. She will also describe her research on an autoimmune disease called premature ovarian failure, which affects women under the age of 40.The ovarian failure leads to decreased estrogen, dry eye and even osteoporosis.

Following each presentation, a panel of experts will discuss the issues raised with the presenter and the audience.

To obtain a conference agenda, contact Patti Jacobs at pattijacobs@hotmail.com.


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Contact: Patti Jacobs
pattijacobs@hotmail.com
617-864-2712
Schepens Eye Research Institute
4-Nov-2003


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