Macular Degeneration UPDATE SUMMER 2021
A newsletter devoted to the most current medical, social and psychological aspects of all visual diseases
Lawrence Hoffheimer, Chairman of the Board for the
Macular Degeneration Association is proud to announce:
MDA MATTERS OF VISION! 2021
Virtual Patient Seminar Series
You are invited to attend these virtual seminars. If you know someone who would like
more information on macular degeneration please encourage them to participate.
June 16th – “Eye Conditions such as Double Vision” –
Breanne M. Niebuhr, OD, FAAO–Program begins @ 12:00 pm
EST and last 1 ½ hours with sponsor & Q & A. Learn about the
different eye conditions that affect your vision. Explore reasons that
you can develop double vision.
June 24th – “Dealing with Family Members with AMD”
Paula Cooper PH.D., ABN–Program begins @ 12:00 pm EST
and last 1 ½ hours with Q & A. Learn how to take care of yourself
while dealing with your depressed loved one. Learn why you need to
devote time for yourself.
July 7th – “The Importance of Detecting Wet Macular
Degeneration Early and How Home Monitoring Can
Help” – Megan Blemker, OD–Program begins @ 12:00 pm
EST and last 1 ½ hours with Q & A. Catching the conversion from
dry to wet macular degeneration AMD as soon as possible before
significant vision loss has occurred is critical. Learn about the
importance of catching wet AMD early and how you can take control
of your disease with home monitoring.
July 14th – “What You Need to Know about Eyeglass Lenses”
Ryan Parker, OD & Pete Hanlin-Essilor–Program begins @ 12:00
pm EST and last 1 ½ hrs. with sponsor & Q & A. This program covers
different lens options that are available for those with vision loss.
July 21st – “Ask the Experts!” – Jeffry Gerson, OD, FAAO & Joshua
Mali, MD, MDA Medical Directors–Program begins @ 12:00 pm
EST and last 1 ½ hours with sponsor & Q & A. An open forum
designed for you to ask our Medical Directors questions. Discussion
about research, treatments, eye injections and vision loss.
July 27th – “General Health & Eyecare” – Kerry Gelb, OD
Program begins @ 12:00 pm EST and last 1 ½ hours with sponsor
& Q & A. Learn how general health can affect your vision. How eye
exams can help alert your doctor to health problems. Learn why
they say the eyes are the windows to our health.
August 4th- “Emerging Therapies for Wet & Dry AMD”
Joshua Greene, MD, FAAO–Program begins @ 12:00 pm EST and
last 1 ó hrs. with sponsor & Q & A. Learn about the latest therapies
available for wet & dry AMD and how they can help.
August 18th – “Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration”
Leo Semes, OD, FAAO–Programs begins @ 12:00 pm EST and
last 1 ó hrs. with sponsor & Q & A. Learn the effects of glaucoma
and macular degeneration. Can one eye disease cause the other?
Can you have both?
August 25th – “Abnormalities of Low Vision” – Richard
Shuldiner, OD, FAAO, FIALVS–Program begins @ 12:00 pm EST
and last 1 ó hrs. with sponsor & Q & A. Learn the causes of low vision
and the complications of low vision such as Charles Bonnet syndrome.
What is Charles Bonnet syndrome and how do you treat it?
September 1st – “AMD Friendly Cooking” –Laurie Capogna,
OD–Program begins @ 12:00 pm EST and last 1 ó hrs. with
sponsor & Q & A. Hear how good nutrition and healthy cooking can
save your eyesight. Learn aboutwonderful recipes that are filled with
antioxidants and vitamins that are fun to make and delicious to eat.
Dr. Capogna is the author of a series of cookbooks called “Eyefoods”.
Her latest book is available on our website: https://macularhope.
September 8th – “Dry Eye vs Dry Macular Degeneration”
Jeremiah Brown, MS, MD –Program begins @ 1:00 pm EST and last
1ó hrs. with sponsor & Q & A. Learn about the difference between dry
macular degeneration and dry eye. Can dry macular cause dry eye?
How is dry macular treated? How do you treat dry eye?
September 15th – “Eye Injections” – Joshua Mali, MD- MDA
Medical Director-Retina–Program begins @ 12:00 pm EST
and last 1 ó hrs. with sponsor & Q & A. Learn about different
medications available. Why are injections needed? How many
injections are needed? Are eye injections painful?
Please go to https://MacularHope.org/Webinar-Programs/ to register
We are also proud to announce the addition of our blog and educational videos.
Blog – https://MacularHope.org/Blog/ Educational Videos – https://MacularHope.org/Videos/
Special thanks to Foresee Home for being the sponsor of these programs. To find out more
about the Foresee Home AMD Monitoring Program please go to: https://www.foreseehome.com.
Thank you to Regeneron and Novartis for their support of these virtual programs.
AMD AWARENESS MONTH, PART 2: THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE
Dr Joshua Mali: Welcome everybody to another episode of
the podcast series. My name is Dr Joshua Mali. I’m your
host today, and this is part two of our podcast series in
honor of AMD awareness month in February. We are
developing this podcast series, which is the first of its
kind. In the first episode, I provided you a retina specialist
perspective on managing patients with age-related
macular degeneration or AMD. And now I want to turn
my attention to presenting a patient perspective on the
disease, how it impacts their life and what advice they can
give us as doctors in order to help to manage them and
help give them a great experience while managing their
disease of AMD. So I am really honored and privileged to
have actually have one of my patients on today’s show.
And I’m so excited to have Nita Gall, who is one of my
patients that I treat for wet macular degeneration in both
eyes. And I’ve been treating her for many years now and
she is an absolute model patient, and I thought she’d be
perfect for the show. And I’m so excited to have her bring
her perspective on the treatment, on managing it, how
AMD affects her life as I’m sure all the listeners will be
so excited and attentive to hear her perspective on the
whole journey of age-related macular degeneration. So
Nita Gall: Hi, thank you.
Dr Joshua Mali: So just to start a little introduction. If you
don’t mind, for our listeners, would you just tell us a little
bit about yourself, where you’re from originally, and how
long you’ve had AMD for?
Nita Gall: I am originally from Illinois, and I’ve lived in
Florida for 30 years now. So I am retired and living in
Florida. And I’ve been seeing Dr Mali probably for about
five years, at least. And he’s been excellent and the
injections, I know you worry about those, but they really
aren’t bad at all because they put numbing drops in your
eyes when you have them. And it sure has helped me
continue on with my, we do tropical arts and crafts and
I do a little painting on them, and then we take them
out and actually sell them in a store on Anna Maria
Island. And I’ve been fortunate to have him as my doctor
because really, it hasn’t affected my life that much. I’m
sure I don’t see as well as I could all the time, but most of
the time I do really well.
Dr Joshua Mali: That’s wonderful. That’s wonderful. And
you mentioned Nita your occupation currently with your
artwork. Could you go into that and describe that more
for the listeners. About what exactly your artwork entails
and how your vision is so important to you in regards to
managing your artwork?
Nita Gall: Okay. My husband cuts out like starfish and sea
horses and things, and then I embellish them by painting
on them or I paint on the woodcraft. It’s mostly wood
that we’ve worked with. And then also I do paintbrushes
to get the sand off of your feet with so. And I have really
no trouble seeing what I’m doing at all. So it’s really, it’s
fun. It keeps me busy and I enjoy it, and I don’t have
really any problem at all, seeing what I’m doing.
Dr Joshua Mali: That’s wonderful. And by the way, I can
certainly vouch for your expertise and skills with creating
that cause I’ve seen it and it’s just really magnificent.
And I just really am so impressed with the beauty of your
Nita Gall: Well thank you.
Dr Joshua Mali: My pleasure, just speaking the truth. And
I just really think that it’s just a privilege for me as a
physician. That’s the greatest gift that a patient can give
to me is really being able to perform their occupation or
perform what they love to do and being able to spread
that to the world and really showing their talents. So I do
thank you for that.
Nita Gall: Well, and thank you for letting me do it.
Dr Joshua Mali: My pleasure. It’s my pleasure. And Nita if
you could, for our patient listeners out there, because, by
the way, this is both for eye doctors and ophthalmologists
and people that deal with this on to day-to-day basis. If
you don’t mind, we’re going to have patients also listen
to this episode as well. And I would love to hear about
your journey with anti-VEGF injections. You’ve given me
permission to talk about your case and talk about your
current treatment regimen. And so that’s very important
to get that permission by the way, from your patients.
We have to be HIPAA compliant. But I do want to make
sure that right now you’re currently on two different
medications actually in your right eye you’re on Eyelea
every 12 weeks. In your left eye, you’re Beovu every 12
weeks as well. And you’ve been doing fantastic with that
regiment. But could you talk to us about that journey,
how you got there and what patients should expect with
injections, and just your experience overall?
Nita Gall: Well, I started out seeing you, I think, probably
every four weeks for a while there and six weeks. My
right eye isn’t as good as my left eye but kept my left eye
stable. And now it’s gone from frequently to 12 weeks,
which is fantastic from my viewpoint. But the injections,
as I said earlier, really aren’t that bad. When I started, I
thought, Oh no, I’m not going to be able to do this, but the
staff and you make it, they make you very comfortable.
And it’s not bad at all. It’s very much worth having them
to keep your eyesight.
Dr Joshua Mali: That’s great. That’s great. Yeah. I think that’s
important to hear because, as doctors, we tell patients
about the procedure, we try to go through the steps, we try
to prepare patients for the whole situation, but it’s really
nice to hear that from a patient and their experiences. So
I think you’re really gonna help a lot of people, relieve
anxiety just to talk about the whole experience and I’m so
happy to hear you say that. And I would love to hear about
your experience with my practice, how you’ve done with
appointments, and just from your perspective, how’s the
journey been working with our team and your care so far.
Nita Gall: I think the team and Dr Mali are excellent. They
make you feel right at home and they get you in and out
as soon as they can, which is helpful too. And everyone is
always real cooperative. And I haven’t had to break that
very many appointments, but they’re very understanding.
They work around your schedule a little bit too, but the
injections are the most important things to keep you stable.
Dr Joshua Mali: Yeah. That’s great. Just, just like you said, I
think it really is. You’re like the perfect model patient, right?
Because you follow the treatment regiment, you come to
appointments, you’re very compliant and you’ve achieved
fantastic results. So I think you’re a great model patient for
our listeners out there. If you follow the treatment regimen
of your doctor and you come to appointments and you
follow the treatment schedule, you really can have excellent
results and keep your vision for a long time. I was looking
back at your chart and we’ve been able to keep your vision
perfectly stable for the last five or six years now. And it’s
just been so incredible because again, this is a naturally
progressing disease. And the fact that we’ve been able to
keep you very stable for so long is just a Testament to your
compliance and you are following all the appointments. As
a physician, I really do appreciate that. And, it’s such a
pleasure taking care of patients like yourself.
Nita Gall: Well, thanks. It’s a pleasure coming in actually.
I don’t mind it at all, and it’s definitely worth having
Dr Joshua Mali: Absolutely. And another thing we like to do
is, you know, again, we get a lot of patients, snowbirds
that come, you know, we’re in Florida here. So we get,
six months people that come six months here, six months
there, you know, you can still keep up your treatment
schedules. And we have doctors that we work with that we
do co-management with, that are up North, that are able to
continue the plan that we set up. And so I really think that
patients should just put their eye health as a top priority
and you can really achieve great visual outcomes.
Nita Gall: Most definitely. Yes.
Dr Joshua Mali: And Nita, I was wondering to see if you had
any pearls of wisdom for our patients that are listening
as well as for the doctors. Anything that you’ve learned
throughout the years with receiving injections with having
AMD. Any pearls of wisdom that you can present to our
Nita Gall: Well, mostly what you were saying, which keeps
your appointments and don’t be afraid to go. And most
importantly is to keep up with your procedures. And I
think you can stay stable, which you’ve done a great job
with me. And so I would definitely tell them to be sure
and go for your appointments and have it done. And don’t
worry about having any anxiety over it as it’s very much
important to keep going so you keep your eyesight.
Dr Joshua Mali: That’s awesome advice, Nita. I think we live
in such a wonderful age now where we have such fantastic
treatments available. We have four different injections
Lucentis, Eyelea, Beovu, and Avastin. We have a lot of
great treatments now. We’re able to preserve vision and
improve vision with these treatments with patients with
wet macular degeneration. It’s just a privilege for me to
serve our community and deliver those medications to our
patients and keep them doing what they love to do. And
that’s the greatest gift that I can get from a patient is, keep
living their life and keep doing what they love to do, just
like you’re doing
Nita Gall: Most, most definitely. And you’ve done a great job.
Dr Joshua Mali: I appreciate the kind words. I love to thank
you for coming on the podcast show today and really giving
patients a lot of hope with your experiences. Any final
Nita Gall: No, just thank you. You’re a great doctor. And
I actually look forward to seeing you when I come in.
So that’s about it and thank you so much for keeping
Dr Joshua Mali: It’s my pleasure. It’s my pleasure. And thank
you so much for coming on today.
Nita Gall: Okay. Thank you.
Dr Joshua Mali: Thank you.
Joshua Mali, MD- Macular Degeneration Association-
National Eye Institute Talk with Your Doctor About AMD
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with age- related
macular degeneration (AMD), you may have questions about
what this means.
First, keep in mind that you’re not alone — 11 million
people in the United States have AMD. In fact, it’s a leading
cause of vision loss for older adults.
There are 2 types of AMD (wet and dry) and 3 stages of
dry AMD (early, intermediate, and late). Depending on which
type and stage you have, you may be able to get treatment for
AMD. If you can’t get treatment, you can get services to help
you make the most of your vision.
Talk to your eye doctor about how you can manage your
symptoms and protect your vision. You can use this guide
to get the conversation going.
Questions for your doctor
Visiting the eye doctor can be stressful, especially when
you’re dealing with a new diagnosis. It helps to have questions
written down ahead of time.
- What type and stage of AMD do I have?
- How often do I need to get a dilated eye exam to
check on my AMD?
- Does AMD put me at risk for other eye diseases?
- Are my children at risk for AMD?
- What steps can I take to slow down my AMD and
protect my vision?
- Are there treatment options for my AMD?
- What can I expect when it comes to my vision in
- Which specialists can help me manage my
- What devices and services can help me live with
vision loss from AMD?
Do you have vision loss from AMD?
You can find low vision devices and rehab services to make
the most of your remaining sight. This can include strategies
like learning how to use a magnifying device for reading and
setting up your home so you can move around easily.
Ask your eye doctor about low vision devices and rehab
services that might be right for you.
To learn more about AMD, visit:
nei.nih.gov/AMD and asrs.org/patients
How does AMD affect vision? AMD can:
- Blurs the central vision you need to see details straight
ahead, but doesn’t cause complete blindness
- Make it hard to do everyday activities like reading or
Keeping track of your AMD
Use these questions to keep track of how AMD is affecting
your life — and share your answers with your eye doctor.
Have you noticed any changes in your vision since your
last eye exam?
□ Not at all □ A little □ A lot
What kind of changes?
Do you have trouble seeing things straight ahead?
□ Not at all □ A little □ A lot
Does vision loss get in the way of activities you enjoy or
do every day, like reading or driving?
□ Not at all □ A little □ A lot
You can note any additional activities below.
Have you been able to adapt your normal activities as your
□ Not at all □ A little □ A lot
AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION 101
Perspective from Joshua Mali, MD
What is age-related macular degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD for short,
is an eye disease that blurs the sharp, central vision you
need for activities like reading and driving. It’s the most
common diagnosis I give as an ophthalmologist.
Are there different types?
Yes. There are two forms: dry and wet AMD.
Dry is the most common. Around 89% of patients
who have AMD have the dry type. Dry AMD occurs
when deposits of waste materials damage the retinal
tissue that forms images. The loss of tissue equates to
the loss of vision.
Wet type is the form that gets all the headlines. Wet
AMD occurs when an abnormal blood vessel grows
under the delicate retinal tissue. Because of the blood
vessel’s abnormality, it can easily bleed, causing damage
to sensitive tissue. People with wet AMD lose
80-90% of their vision.
Both types are devastating and significantly reduce
patients’ quality of life.
How can people protect their vision?
In addition to addressing the “Big Three” risk factors,
people can take several steps to protect their
vision. Overall, taking vitamins, eating a healthy diet,
exercising and wearing sunglasses when it’s sunny will
help patients prolong their vision. The last preventive
measure I’d mention is home monitoring. It’s important
for patients with dry AMD to monitor if they could
be progressing to wet AMD.
How has innovation and research helped patients
living with AMD?
Telehealth has helped patients stay on top of their
condition. Telemedicine visits are valuable, as are new
at-home devices. If one of my patients’ condition is
worsening, I get a notification to call them and bring
them in for a check-up.
What do you see for the future of AMD?
Right now, there are some really promising drugs on
the horizon. For instance, there are anti-VEGF therapies,
injectable medications for wet AMD. The injection
reduces the abnormal blood vessel growth, providing
patients with much-needed relief. They have
already saved patients’ sight and changed the course
of the disease.
Manufacturer-assistance programs have helped several
of my patients access the medications, which can
be expensive otherwise. But policymakers can certainly
do more to ensure access to these and other new therapies
for vision patients.
It’s a great time to be a retinal specialist. The best
gift I can give my patients is letting them live their lives
to the fullest. Having the ability to see clearly is definitely
a large part of that.
What are the risk factors?
I call them “The Big Three:”
Risk for AMD increases with
age. Staying up to date with
annual eye check-ups and
wellness practices can help
We see that AMD tends to
run in the family. If someone
in your family has AMD, it
would be wise to get examined
We know smoking is bad
for one’s health overall, but
smoking can significantly
increase the progression of
Macular Degeneration Association Empowering patients and their caregivers to live fuller lives.
BY THE STAFF OF MODERN OPTOMETRY
In 1998, Lawrence Hoffheimer’s mother was diagnosed
with age- related macular degeneration (AMD).
Wanting to do something to help her and others with
the disease, he created the nonprofit Macular Degeneration
Association (MDA) in 2007 with the goal of providing
education, advocacy, and support for people with AMD
and for individuals caring for those with the disease.
A FOCUS ON PATIENT EDUCATION
The mission of the MDA is to find a cure for macular
degeneration by dis- seminating research information
while providing education that will improve the quality
of life of patients, their family members, and their
caregivers today and in the future.
The MDA conducts seminars so that patients can hear
from eye care providers about AMD and from vendors
about their products and services. Additionally, the
association’s website provides informational videos in
both long and short formats and lists upcom- ing events.
Appropriately, it offers an option to view content in
The MDA estimates that it reaches nearly 24,000 people
on a regular basis through its social media platforms and
more than 32,000 people through its quarterly newsletter.
Historically, the information provided by the MDA has
been on AMD, but in response to patients’ comments
there are now plans for online seminars about general eye
care, dry eye, diabe- tes, and other non-AMD topics.
AMD CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
Over the past year, the MDA has established optometric
criteria to identify doctors and practices as AMD Centers
of Excellence (see Join the MDA Network). Criteria for
retina specialists and practices to attain that status were
The criteria for optometrists include familiarity with
technology used in the diagnosis and care of patients
with AMD, education in the area of AMD, and provision
of low vision care. The Centers of Excellence are overseen
by the MDA’s Medical Directors, Joshua Mali, MD,
and Jeffry Gerson, OD, FAAO, with the support of a
board of advisors.
Drs. Gerson and Mali both feel that, in addition to
educating patients, it is also important to educate their
col- leagues about AMD. The MDA has begun offering
continuing education seminars for optometrists and
has plan to start a series for ophthalmologists. So far,
attendance for the OD seminars has been outstanding,
according to Dr. Gerson, and the intention is to con- tinue
conducting these at least through 2021, as quarterly talks
are already scheduled. The MDA has hosted severa COPEapproved
webinars that have reached more than 1,000
ODs, along with initiating virtual patient seminars on a
wide array of topics.
The MDA is supported in part by grants from
pharmaceutical companies and donations from a variety
of sources. Learn more about the vision care. The Centers
of Excellence association at macularhope.org.
JOIN THE MDA NETWORK
Qualifying ODs may submit an application to become
an MDA AMD Center of Excellence. Among the criteria,
optometrists must have access to at least three of
the following technologies: macular pigment optical
density measurement, fundus photography, OCT, OCT
angiography, dark adaptation testing, in-office CCTV
demonstration, ForeseeHome AMD Monitoring Program
Find out more about the optometric criteria for an
AMD Center of Excellence with MDA accreditation at:
MDA MEDICAL BOARD
MEDICAL DIRECTOR, OPTOMETRISTS:
Jeffry D. Gerson, OD, FAAO
MEDICAL DIRECTOR, RETINA SPECIALISTS:
Joshua Mali, MD
MEMBERS: Jeremiah Brown Jr, MS, MD; Joshua Greene,
MD; Pamela A. Lowe, OD, FAAO, Dipl(ABO); Rajiv Rathod,
MD; Leo Semes, OD, FAAO; Pamela Weber, MD
We are pleased to announce the retina and optometric practices awarded the distinction of AMD Centers of Excellence!
Allisonville Eye Care (Fishers, IN)
Brown Retina Institute (San Antonio, TX)
Carolina Eye Associates, P.A. (North & South Carolina)
Central Massachusetts Retina & Uveitis Center
Central Optometry (London, Ontario)
Charles Retina Institute (Germantown, TN)
Clear View Vision Care (Tucson, AZ)
Contact Lens & Vision (Woodbridge, NJ)
Dr. Dorothy L. Hitchmoth, PLLC (New London, NH)
Eye Associates of Boca Raton, P.A. (Boca Raton, FL)
Eye Care Plus, LLP (Amarillo, TX)
Eye Health Consultants (The Woodlands, TX)
Eye Luv Lucy Optometry (San Jose, CA)
Eyes on Sheppard (North York, Ontario)
Grin Eye Care (Leawood, KS)
Integrative Vision (Shrewbury, NJ)
Island Retina (Shirley, NY)
Joseph R. Podhorzer, MD, PLLC (Brooklyn, NY)
Krug Optometry (Hays, KS)
Laguna Eyes Optometry (Laguna Beach, CA)
Lipski Eye Center, PC (Lewisburg, PA)
Low Vision Doctors of Ohio (Columbus, OH)
Low Vision Optometry of Southern California
(Mission Viejo, CA)
Low Vision Specialists of Maryland & Virginia
Marshall EyeCare Physicians, PC (Holmdel, NJ)
Medina Vision Centre, Inc. (Medina, OH)
Mid Florida Eye Center (Mt. Dora, FL)
Mississippi Retina Associates (Jackson, MS)
Ophthalmology Associates PSC (Louisville, KY)
Orange County Retina (Santa Ana, CA)
Pacific Eye Surgery Center (Honolulu, HI)
Palmetto Retina Center, LLC (West Columbia, SC)
Paul Vision Institute (Wilmington, NC)
Precision Vision Edmond (Edmond, OK)
Premier Eye Care of Eastern Idaho (Idaho Falls, ID)
Professional Eye Care Center (Niles, IL)
Rancho Mirage Eye Care + Optometry (Rancho
Retina & Vitreous Consultants of Virginia, P.C.
Retina Associates of Orange County (Laguna Hills, CA)
Retina Associates of Utah, P.C. (Salt Lake City, UT)
Retina Associates of Western NY, P.C. (Rochester, NY)
Retina Consultants of Southern Colorado, P.C.
(Colorado Springs, CO)
Retina Macula Specialists of Miami
(N. Miami Beach, FL)
Retina Specialists of Ohio (Mayfield Village, OH)
Retinal Consultants of San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
Sight Improvement Center, Inc. (New York, NY)
Southern Montana Optometric Center (Laurel, MT)
The Eye Associates (Bradenton, FL)
The Macula Center (Clearwater, FL)
The Retina Center (St. Louis, MO)
The VitreoRetinal Eye Center (Biloxi, MS)
Thomas Eye Group (Atlanta, GA)
Toronto Integrated Eye Care (Etobicoke, Ontario)
True Vision Eyecare (Acworth, GA)
Upper Richmond Optometry (Arva, ON)
Valley Eye Clinic (Luray, VA)
Vision Center of Lake Norman (Mooresville, NC)
Vision Health (Turnwater, WA)
Wiles Eye Center (Kansas City, MO)
Woolf Eye Care Center (Gilbert, AZ)
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