About Us

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.


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.

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

Our Staff

  • Andrea Smith

    Office Administrator

    Andrea Smith Bio
  • Lynne Henry

    Donor Relations Director

    Lynne Henry Bio
  • Dustin Tenney

    Communications Director

    Dustin Tenney Bio
  • Donna Auger

    Executive Director

    Donna Auger Bio
  • Lawrence Hoffheimer

    Chairman and Founder

    Lawrence Hoffheimer Bio

Medical Board

  • Jeffry D. Gerson, OD, FAAO

    Medical Director

    Lawrence Hoffheimer Bio
  • Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO

    Mile Brujic, OD, FAAO Bio
  • A. Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO, CDE

    A. Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO, CDE Bio
  • Christine Kay, MD

    Christine Kay, MD Bio
  • Dana Deupree, MD

    Dana Deupree, MD Bio
  • Marc H. Levy, MD

    Marc H. Levy, MD Bio
  • David Eichenbaum, MD

    David Eichenbaum, MD Bio
  • Sean P. Mulqueeny, O.D.

    Sean P. Mulqueeny, O.D. Bio
  • Julie Poteet, OD, MS, CNS, FOWNS

    Julie Poteet, OD, MS, CNS, FOWNS Bio
  • Jeremiah Brown, Jr., MS, MD

    Jeremiah Brown, Jr., MS, MD Bio
  • Joshua Greene, MD

    Joshua Greene, MD Bio
  • Pamela A. Lowe, OD, FAAO, Dipl. ABO

    Pamela A. Lowe, OD, FAAO, Dipl. ABO Bio
  • Rajiv Rathod, MD

    Rajiv Rathod, MD Bio
  • Leo Semes, OD, FAAO

    Leo Semes, OD, FAAO Bio
  • Pamela Weber, MD

    Pamela Weber, MD Bio

Financial Reports

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.

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Macular degeneration is caused when part of the retina deteriorates. The retina is the interior layer of the eye. The macula is the central portion of the retina and is responsible for detailed vision and central vision.

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