To mark the global celebration of AMD Week, Lighthouse International, and AMD Alliance International(AMDAI), two leading non-profit vision healthcare organizations, will host an exhibit of the works of Adam Hahn, a renowned, London-based portrait artist whose paintings illustrate how patients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) see the world. The exhibit of about 15 portraits opens at 9 a.m. September 17, 2009 at Lighthouse International 111 E. 59th Street, New York City. Mr. Hahn will be present to discuss his works. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will continue through September 18th at 5 p.m.
Acclaimed by the London Times and the BBC, Hahn's works are the result of more than a year of study of AMD – a disease that is the leading cause of vision loss in those over 50 in the western world and affects more than 9 million Americans. Prior to painting each portrait, Hahn spoke at length with each subject about what they can and cannot see. His paintings illustrate how the individuals in the portraits would see themselves through the blur of their limited vision. As Hahn puts it, "Normally my work shows how I view the person sitting for the portrait. Through these works, I show how the subjects see themselves and others." Adam created the portraits in memory of his grandmother who was affected by macular degeneration.
The September 17th opening coincides with Lighthouse International's Lighthouse International Technology Expo 2009. LITE showcases the latest in assistive and every day accessible technology and devices for people who are visually impaired. The event is also free and open to the public.
"We are excited to bring Adam's portraits to the US because so many people are not familiar with macular degeneration and its devastating effects," said David Herman, Chairman, AMDAI. "Our goal is to raise awareness about the disease and, in the process, encourage people to seek regular eye exams to catch the disease early to avoid vision loss."
"This special exhibit is a unique blend of art and science. Adam's work deepens our understanding of the distressing effects of AMD on vision. It is a call for people with AMD to take action and get the special help they need at any stage of the disease," said Ted Francavilla, Acting President and CEO of Lighthouse International.
The exhibit is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Genentech.
AMD Week, celebrated by organizations all around the world is the third week of September and was created to increase awareness of macular degeneration and the need for regular eye exams.
AMD Alliance International is the only international organization in the world dedicated exclusively to promoting awareness, treatment and research into macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in the developed world. With more than 60 organizational members in 25 countries, AMDAI is a membership organization comprised of the worlds' leaders in ophthalmology, vision, rehabilitation, research, and patient and senior's advocacy. For more information, visit www.amdalliance.org.
Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading non profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. It achieves this through clinical and rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy. For more information about vision loss and its causes, contact Lighthouse International at 1-800-829-0500 or visit www.lighthouse.org.
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