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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.

org/shop/eye-foods-the-complete-eye-health-nutrition-guide/

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

welcome Nita.

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

artwork.

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

them done.

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

listeners today.

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

words?

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

me stable.

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-

Medical Director-Retina

 

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

the future?

  • Which specialists can help me manage my

condition?

  • 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

Driving

 

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

vision changed?

□  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:”

  1. AGE

Risk for AMD increases with

age. Staying up to date with

annual eye check-ups and

wellness practices can help

minimize risk.

  1. GENETICS

We see that AMD tends to

run in the family. If someone

in your family has AMD, it

would be wise to get examined

yourself.

  1. SMOKING

We know smoking is bad

for one’s health overall, but

smoking can significantly

increase the progression of

vision loss.

 

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

large print.

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

previously established.

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

(Notal Vision).

Find out more about the optometric criteria for an

AMD Center of Excellence with MDA accreditation at:

macularhope.org/join-our-network/.

 

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

(Ayer, MA)

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

(Timonium, MD)

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

Mirage, CA)

Retina & Vitreous Consultants of Virginia, P.C.

(Winchester, VA)

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)

 

PRESERVE & PROTECT YOUR VISION DONATE TODAY

 

Without ongoing contributions from generous donors like you, the Macular Degeneration Association would be unable to fund Research and Education for the millions of people living with macular degeneration.

 

HOW TO GIVE

 

Phone, Mail or Online

Phone: Please call (941)893-4387 today to speak to one of our Donor Services Representatives.

Mail: Send your check or money order today payable to:

MACULAR DEGENERATION ASSOCIATION

5969 Cattleridge Boulevard, Suite 100 | Sarasota, FL 34232

Online: Please visit www.macularhope.org today and click on the Donation tab.

Stocks, Securities, Mutual Funds and IRAs

Please give serious consideration to the donation of stock and mutual fund shares as this offers numerous opportunities

to make a most gracious gift and receive tax advantages.

Wills, Bequests and Planned Gifts

Please give serious consideration to the designation of MDA in your Will, Charitable Trusts, Life Insurance, Appreciated

Securities and Real Estate as this offers preplanned giving opportunities that will serve the macular community for

years to come. Please call Lynne Henry (941)893-4389 at the Macular Degeneration Association, today, for personal

assistance in initiating this effort.

The following language has been reviewed and is deemed a legally acceptable form for including such a bequest in a will:

“I give and bequeath to the Macular Degeneration Association, 5969 Cattleridge Blvd. Suite # 100 Sarasota, FL 34232

for discretionary use in carrying out its aims and purposes, (the sum of $_____) or ( a sum equal to _______% of

the value of my gross estate at the time of my death under this will or any codicil hereto).”

The Macular Degeneration Association Federal ID number is 27-3025707

 

MEMORIAL AND HONOR GIVING

 

Honor a family member, friend or special event by donating to MDA. Pay tribute to someone you love whose life

has been impacted by macular degeneration. In lieu of flowers, please consider designating Macular Degeneration

Association as your charity of choice.

 

WORKPLACE GIVING

 

Launch a Giving Campaign

Please consider leading a team at work by encouraging your colleagues and staff to join together to help those

living with macular degeneration. Launch a workplace giving campaign today.

Ask about Matching Gifts

Many gracious employers double or even triple charitable donations made by individual employees. Some companies

will match gifts made by retirees and or their spouses. Contact your employer for matching gift eligibility

as this allows you to maximize your personal donation.

 

 

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