Discovery Eye Foundation

The Discovery Eye Foundation created the Macular Degeneration Partnership program to raise awareness of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), educate patients about the disease and provide support and resources to them and their families. The overall mission of Discovery Eye Foundation is to support research, education and advocacy related to sight-threatening eye diseases and their treatments, improving the quality of life for patients and their families.
May 22, 2014

Saving Sight One Person at a Time

Elder
Elder

It's all about the numbers.

The Macular Degeneration Partnership reaches thousands of people a month, all over the world. 

But the thing that sets us apart - and the important thing that YOU have made happen, shows up in smaller but significant numbers. 

  • The 64 year old who was just diagnosed and is terrified she will lose her independence.
  • The grandmother who is getting treatment but doesn't see a change and wonders if she should stop.
  • The son who is worried because mom is starting to see things that aren't there.

They call us.  They email.  And we talk to them; we listen to them.  It's all well and good to go to a website to read up about macular degeneration. But what if you CAN'T even see it?  What if you're depressed or confused and the doctor doesn't have time to answer your questions?

We hold your hand.  We find resources.  We explain things.  

You help us do that.  You help us maintain support groups, where members say they learn more in an hour than they had known after 20 years with this disease.  Where they make friends and help each other.

So thank you.  Thank you for helping us to continue to provide warm support and unbiased information about age-related macular degeneration.  Because of you, we can reach out that hand.  

May is Healthy Vision Month - go get that eye exam!

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Feb 19, 2014

Happy Everything Month

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Food Heart

This month, the Macular Degeneration Partnership has been traveling in Southern California, spreading the message of healthy living and controlling your risk factors for AMD.  Your gift has helped us make 5 presentations to senior citizens and hold 3 support groups for those with AMD and their families.

February is such a busy month! 

It's National AMD/Low Vision Month.

 American Heart  Month.

And, Valentine's Day.  

Did you know these all go together?

Heart health is a critical factor in the development of age-related macular degeneration.  if you take care of your heart you will take care of your eyes.

Here's where they match:

  • Eat a healthy diet with lots of vegetables, fruit and fish.  
  • Lower saturated fat intake.
  • Get some exercise.  
  • Control cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
  • Don't smoke. 

And if you enjoyed some chocolate on Valentine's Day, don't feel too guilty.  Chocolate contains antioxidants and we could all do with more of that.

Thank you for your support as we educate those at risk with age-related macular degeneration!

Oct 14, 2013

Eyes in the News

If people know about a problem, they're halfway to solving it. That is why raising awareness of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is so important.  Millions of people over age 50 are at risk for losing their vision.  

Your support helped the Macular Degeneration Partnership (MDP) mark International AMD Week this September, with special online reports and useful posts on Facebook, as well as several presentations and support groups for seniors and those with AMD.  The message of AMD Week is simple - get an eye exam!  

We tend to take our vision for granted, especially if our eyes are not "bothering" us in any way.  But only a dilated eye exam can uncover problems like glaucoma and early macular degeneration.  Just today, a caller to our "warm line" remarked that she valued her sight more than any other physical ability - and wished she had paid more attention to it earlier.

Want to know the latest on age-related macular degeneration?  There is lots of news coming up from the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Retina Subspecialty Day in November. You can get daily reports directly from the meeting by subscribing to AMD Update, our free email newsletter.  MDP will be covering all the presentations on existing treatments, research and emerging therapies.  

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