Penick Village Residents Educated on Macular Degeneration

October 14th, 2013 by Carolina Eye Associates

Penick Village Residents Educated on Macular Degeneration

Carolina Eye Associates, P.A., Ophthalmologist, Gregory Mincey, MD, Diabetic Eye, Retina and Vitreous specialist spoke to a group of residents at Penick Village, Southern Pines recently.  The program topic included macular degeneration, several military case studies and the latest update on the Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS).

Dr. Mincey said, “Age-related macular degeneration, commonly referred to as AMD, is the main cause of visual impairment in adults over age 60.  AMD typically affects Caucasians but may affect people of any race. “

He also elaborated on The National Eye Institute’s AREDS 2 study which was a 5 year nationwide follow up to the original AREDS study. The AREDS 2 study results were announced on May 5, 2013 and published online by the Journal of the American Medical Association. The goal of the AREDS 2 study was to reduce the risk for progression to advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  The AREDS 2 study encompassed 4203 participants and 82 clinics throughout the United States.   The new AREDS 2 recommendations include the original vitamin supplement formula without beta-carotene plus 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin.

Carolina Eye is one of the largest eye care facilities in the southeast.  Carolina eye provides a full range of high quality medical and surgical eye care services. If you would like more information on macular degeneration or other eye diseases contact 910-295-2100 or visit

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