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.
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!
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:
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!
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.
If you or a loved one have macular degeneration, you appreciate getting important news fast. That's one thing your donations have helped the Macular Degeneration Partnership (MDP) do - and it makes a difference.
Recently, the long awaited results of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS 2) were announced and our members heard them within hours. Now that's fast!
AREDS has looked at the effect of vitamin supplementation on the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The first study, by the National Eye Institute, showed that taking this specific combination of antioxidants and zinc could slow the progression of AMD by 25%. When you are trying to hold on to every bit of vision you have left, slowing it down that much can make a big difference.
AREDS 2 (the follow-up study), looked at a modified formula that included more antioxidants and added omega-3. By sending out the word on our members could immediately make changes that might give them even better results.
The National Eye Institute recommended a different formula that could slow down the progress by an additional 20%. When MDP announced those results to our members, they called and emailed with questions that we were able to answer individually, person to person.
This is the most important thing MDP does - giving personal and caring support to everyone.
It's your contribution that allows us to provide such individual service to our seniors and their famiy members coping with vision loss. Thank you again for all you do to support Macular Degeneration Partnership in our mission.
For the full report on AREDS 2, visit our newsletter, AMD Update.
The Macular Degeneration Partnership just won an award from Constant Contact - we're an "All Star"! The AMD Update Newsletter won this recognition because of how often we send out the newsletter - and by how many people open it. This is the second year in a row MDP has received this honor.
February was National AMD and Low Vision Month in the U.S. and elsewhere.
It was a great opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of dilated eye exams and of the wonderful resources available to people with limited vision.
Give Your Sight a Hand was promoted throughout the month, in our newsletter and in the Outlook newsletter from the National Eye Institute. This campaign reminds people to check one eye at a time. You may never notice a vision problem otherwise. Both your eyes work together to give you the very best vision, possibly masking a vision problem in one eye.
In March, an ad for Give Your Sight a Hand was run in the Vision Supplement to USA Today. We offered everyone a free magnetic Amsler Grid to use to check vision one eye at a time. If you haven't gotten yours yet, call us!
March is also National Nutrition Month and we focused on the impact of diet on AMD. Folks who eat lots of fruits and vegetables and fish get less macular degeneration. Dark green leafy vegetables pack the most nutrition and fish like salmon and mackerel are good choices for high levels of omega-3. At our support groups, we handed out healthy recipes and a list of lutein rich raw foods.
For other nutrition tips, see our March Newsletter. Happy eating!
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