Free AMD testing for annual awareness week

Free AMD testing for annual awareness week


People aged 50 and over in Clare are encouraged to participate in this year’s Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness campaign by availing of a free AMD test.

Now in its 10th year, AMD Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the condition and encourage the public get their eyes tested for AMD regularly.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of sight loss in Ireland – almost 100,000 people throughout the country have AMD1, with 7,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the over 50 population2.

The symptoms of AMD often go unrecognised so it is crucial that the public, especially those aged 50 and over, get their eyes tested regularly. AMD affects the macula at the back of the eye, which is responsible for central vision and allows you to see detail.

AMD Awareness Week is supported by the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI), Fighting Blindness, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), and the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI), together with Novartis.

Those who wish to avail of a free AMD test in Clare can visit one of the participating optometrist stores in Clare between September 25th – 30th. Please call ahead to avoid disappointment.

Name Address Town
Eye Candy Opticians 25 Abbey St. Ennis
Cahill Opticians 3 Cabey’s Court Parnell St.
Louise Cremin Brogan Opticians Maurers  26 O’Connell St. Ennis
Brendan Egan Optician Coose Whitegate
Gilna Optometrists Church Street Ennistymon
Grogans Pharmacy & Opticians Main St. Ballina
Scarriff Medical Centre The Square Scarriff
Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.