On June 12, 2014, Dr. Edward Kondrot and his wife, Ly, are starting a 500-mile pilgrimage through Spain along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The famous walk, known as the Way of St. James in English, begins in France and covers two mountain ranges, plains, countryside, orchards and vineyards, trailing across the top of Spain. The husband-wife team are walking to raise awareness and hope for macular degeneration, planning to complete the trip in 33 days. Pledges of any amount are welcomed and all funds will go to the Restore Vision Foundation, an Arizona non-profit corporation dedicated to furthering awareness.
According to the American Optometric Association, macular degeneration can present in such symptoms as the gradual loss of ability to see objects clearly, loss of clear color vision or dark, empty areas in the center of vision. In its early stages, macular degeneration can go unnoticed.
“Many people are unaware that they have macular degeneration in their eyes until it is too late,” affirms Dr. Edward Kondrot, the world’s leading ophthalmologist and founder of Healing the Eye & Wellness Center.. “Your risk of developing AMD (age-related macular degeneration) increases with age and it’s vital to get regular eye exams to heighten your chances of catching it early.”
The American Optometric Association states that Age-Related Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over 50. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1.8 million people have AMD and another 7.3 million are at substantial risk for vision loss from AMD.
“We’re walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in the hopes that we can raise awareness about AMD and perhaps we can save people’s vision along the way,” affirms Kondrot. “We hope to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause.”
Pledgers can track Dr. Kondrot and Ly’s progress along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
Dr. Kondrot is the author of three best-selling books, including “10 Essentials to Save Your Sight” (Advantage Media Group, July 2012), and president of the Arizona Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association. He has founded the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center, located just north of Tampa, Fla., which offers alternative and homeopathic routes to vision therapies known as the “Kondrot Program.” The program focuses on such conditions as macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eye, cataracts, and others. His advanced programs have helped people from around the world restore their vision. The center sits on 50 acres of land and features a 14,000-square-foot state-of-the art complex, an organic ranch, jogging trails, swimming pool, hot tub, and more. For more information, visit the site at www.healingtheeye.com or http://healingtheeye.com/camino/.
To pledge, please visit: Camino de Santiago Pledge
To follow Dr. Kondrot and Ly, visit: Camino de Santiago Tracking