FORT MYERS, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2019) – Shell Point Retirement Community continues its fifth annual 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries series on Jan. 21 with a presentation by Dr. Stephen G. Schwartz, medical director at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Free and open to the public, the presentation, entitled “What’s New in Macular Degeneration,” will cover risk factors, genetic predisposition, prevention and treatment of macular degeneration. Schwartz will also discuss how the disease will become even more prevalent with the aging of baby boomers, and why it remains the leading cause of irreversible visual loss among the elderly in the United States and other industrialized nations.

The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd. in Fort Myers. Registration is requested by calling 239-433-7936.

Schwartz is professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, as well as the medical director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Naples, which he has led since its opening in 2004. Previously, Schwartz served as assistant professor of ophthalmology and residency program director at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Schwartz is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a fellowship-trained retina specialist. He serves as past president of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology and is on the board of directors for Lighthouse of Collier. He is also a recipient of the John R. Brayton, Jr., M.D. Leadership Award from the Florida Society of Ophthalmology, in addition to a Chairman’s Award winner from Prevent Blindness Florida. He has been named to Gulfshore Life magazine’s “Top Doctors” list every year since 2010 and Naples Illustrated’s “Top Doctors” list in 2019.

A graduate of Cornell University, New York University School of Medicine and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Schwartz completed residency training at New York University, fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine and the Leadership Development Program at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Shell Point’s 2020 Medical Breakthroughs & Discoveries is a community speaker series designed to share updates on the latest advances in medical research and health care practice.

About Shell Point Retirement Community

Shell Point Retirement Community, founded in 1968, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers, Florida. Shell Point offers independent retirement living, assisted living, and skilled nursing for its 2,500 residents in an active, resort-style environment. Lifestyle amenities include deep-water boating access with free dockage, a championship 18-hole golf course, and other recreational and educational activities. To learn more, visit or call 1-800-780-1131.

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