NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1992, Henry Grunwald was attempting to pour himself a glass of water when he suddenly missed the glass. He first assumed he needed new glasses, before discovering he was beginning the dark voyage into the world of Macular Degeneration. Now, 13 years later after its first release, Grunwald's memoir, "Twilight; Losing Sight, Gaining Insight," is being re-released by Random House, with the help of Lighthouse International, as an e-book (in iPad, Kindle and Nook formats), a new digital audio version and a paperback version.
The late Henry Grunwald was the greatly respected US Ambassador to Austria, Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc., and noted author of Twilight: Losing Sight, Gaining Insight. The book, a personal account of his experience with the onset of macular degeneration, provides a much-needed public voice to the private struggles shared by millions of Americans.
AMD is a progressive, chronic disease, and is the leading cause of vision loss. Currently, nearly 30 million people around the world have AMD. This is twice the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease. In the U.S., 10 million people have some form of AMD.
"No one has told the story like Henry has," said Mark Ackermann, President and CEO of Lighthouse International. "As the baby boomer generation continues to age more and more each day, Age-Related Macular Degeneration is becoming more prevalent now than ever. Through Henry's story and the re-launch of Twilight, we hope that people, both sighted and vision impaired, will get a better understanding of how this disease also impacts loved ones and family members as well as how to find hope, help and resources."
The memoir will be re-released in the new versions on September 25th to coincide with International AMD Awareness Week, September 22nd-30th, 2012. The new paperback edition includes a forward by Mark Ackermann, President and CEO of Lighthouse International.
About Lighthouse International 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.
SOURCE Lighthouse International