One of the principal missions of the Macular Degeneration Association that distinguishes us from other Vision Organizations is our focus on patient education- Knowledge is Power! . The education focuses on empowering patients and their caregivers to live fuller and more comfortable lives with their vision diseases and challenges. Research is very important to us as well.


The Macular Degeneration Association is a nonprofit health organization providing the latest research information and advocacy for patients with macular degeneration. MDA is an IRS recognized 501(c) (3) organization and contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

We are dedicated to providing the latest information about research being conducted, educating and empowering age-related macular degeneration patients all across the world. Macular  degeneration is increasingly prevalent degenerative eye disease, affecting millions of aging seniors and younger adults.
The mission of Macular Degeneration Association (MDA) is to find a cure for macular degeneration through  disseminating research information, while providing  education that will improve the quality of life TODAY, TOMORROW and in the FUTURE for patients, family members and their caregivers.


To fulfill this mission:

  • The Macular Degeneration Association funds research and educational programs. Our programs feature Renowned Expert speakers in the field of macular degeneration, offering FREE programs to the patients and their caregivers locally and nationally.

  • Promotes awareness of all visual diseases by means of local and national outreach

  • Publishes scientific research findings

  • Advocates for scientific research and the rights of people with visual impairments

  • Provides educational videos on our website for those that are homebound local, national and international

  • Provides a quarterly newsletter with the latest treatments, findings, information and helpful tips
    Maintains a robust website

  • The money raised by the MDA funds research and educational programs, advocacy and awareness efforts that will support the more than 15 million people with macular degeneration throughout the United States