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.
Dec 15, 2014

Things You've Accomplished This Year

It's traditional at this time of year to reflect on the previous 12 months and this year we have so many reasons to be grateful.  With your support, Macular Degeneration Partnership has:

  • Started another new support group.  It's the fastest growing and always includes several family members and caregivers. who learn more about the disease and how they can help.

"The support group helps me a lot. MDP is a fantastic source of information. I’m worried about my kids, my grandchildren, my great grandchildren. So I need to keep up to date for them and for me. I learn so much in the group.

  • "Revamped the AMD.org website, with a very popular "LISTEN" feature for those who have trouble reading even large print content.

"Just a few words to tell you that I have enjoyed listening to the Newsletter! What a nice feature, and it works so well! Very easy to use! Thank You!"  - Louise

  • Provided direct educational and emotional support for those dealing with AMD.

"I get so down in the dumps and then I go back and reread this newsletter and feel hopeful once again. I so pray they come up with something for Dry AMD ...thanks again - we are so hopeful.....Hugs, Sally"

For all of these reasons, we are so grateful to you for your support of our important mission.  You are helping to make a difference to our seniors in their daily lives.

We wish you the very best of the holiday season and health and happiness in the New Year.  

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Sep 16, 2014

New Website for AMD.org!

We are thrilled to share our exciting news with you and to thank you for helping make this possible.  Here's what you have accomplished:

  • New website
  • Audio capability
  • Translation options

The new AMD.org was launched August 5, 2014 - take a look!  The enhanced design makes it easier to navigate, with added content, organized around the two types of AMD.  

Even better, visitors can now LISTEN to all the content, including the monthly newsletter.  People with macular degeneration often have very poor vision.  For those with advanced AMD, even the large print on our site may not be enough.  With ReadSpeaker, they don't have to miss a thing.   

Macular Degeneration Partnership members come from all over the world.  Now, the website is easily translated into dozens of languages at the touch of a button.

Developing these important enhancements has been a long road and you have supported us along the way.  I can't tell you how critical these changes are to our members with very low vision.  The audio in particular provides an access that was greatly needed.

As always, we appreciate your help.  More than that, seniors who are living with this frustrating and debilitating disease will appreciate it even more.

You have made a difference to our elders and those with macular degeneration.

Thank you. 

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May 22, 2014

Saving Sight One Person at a Time

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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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