I was referred to Discovery Eye Foundation's blog by someone who understood that their information would be helpful to me. I have a family member dealing with macular degeneration, and I was just looking for information and people to talk to. Their staff is incredibly compassionate, resourceful, and informative, and I'm greatly appreciative for all of the help they've provided me with!
The Discovery Eye Foundation supports eye research for blinding eye diseases. Its efforts in keratoconus and macular degeneration eye research make the Discovery Eye Foundation a critical component in progressing against these blinding diseases. These innovative research areas include stem cell retinal regeneration, age related macular degeneration genetics, and corneal transplantation and scarring. The Discovery Eye Foundation's work is vitally important to the understanding of the health of the eye. Its website www.discoveryeye.org is a valuable resource for people dealing with eye disease. This is an exceptional organization which deserves the highest praise and support.
I was diagnosed with keratoconus over 10 years ago. Every year my condition worsened, and my ophthalmologist did her best to fit me in new contacts each year. It has been a struggle, and I eventually could no longer drive at night at the age of 48. The DEF newsletter helped me be informed about this condition and about the corneal crosslinking (CXL) study. This information was so valuable to me as I knew very little about keratoconus, how it was treated, and the status of the study. Because of my age, I wasn't a candidate for the (CXL) study until last year. I had the procedure completed in both of my eyes 6 months apart from each other. Being part of the study took lots of time, patience, and many appointments; not to mention having to live and not being able to drive without my medically necessary contacts for several weeks before and during recovery. But because I was better informed, I felt confident that the CXL procedure was the right choice for me at that point in my life.
DEF has provided me with valuable and timely information about treatment options, lifestyle adaptions, dietary suggestions, and more over the course of the 15+ years I have had AMD. It has helped make an informed patient who can interact intelligently with my doctor about my condition. I have achieved a good perspective and much peace of mind about having AMD largely thanks to DEF.
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Discovery Eye puts out a very informative newsletter a few times a year. Judy Delgado has consistently responded promptly and thoroughly to requests I have made for info about macular degeneration treatments, etc. She runs support groups in the LA area that are very helpful for individuals with AMD and their family members. They helped my Dad, who had AMD, and have helped me, with early stages of AMD, a lot.
I am very grateful to Macular Degeneration Partnership , which allows to not feel lonely people with wet AMD.
Patients are always interested if there are new treatments of their illness. I do not live in the U.S. and I can not take part in various activities organized for patients. But Macular Degeneration Partnership helps us to keep abreast of new research in the field of treatment of wet AMD, eliminating the need to look for this information on different sites on the Internet . It also helps not to tire the eyes and save some vision. And the stories of those who do not give the disease , moral support . Thank you again !
I have been attending the monthly meetings the Macular Degeneration Partnership gives at my local Senior Center for the last 4 months. I was diagnosed with AMD two years ago and then Wet AMD in my left eye four months ago. These meetings have been life changing as they have enabled me to understand the condition better and to have a more positive attitude toward it. I have received an unbelievable amount of helpful information as well as having the opportunity to meet other people with AMD and share our experiences. The guest speakers have also been very helpful.
Thank you Macular Degeneration Partnership and Discovery Eye Foundation for making such a difference in my life.
I have had macular degeneration for some time now and the Macular Degeneration Partnership has always kept me informed about the latest treatments and what the results are, which gives me hope that I might be able to use a different treatment other than the shots that I get now directly in the eye. They are costly and very uncomfortable, I don't like them at all but at least it has slowed the disease for now.
I live in France. The Macular Degeneration Partnership has been a life saver for me! The modest contributions I have been able to make, qualify me only as a very small donor; but my gratitude to this association is huge! They gave me support, information and good advice every time I needed them, helping me overcome very difficult periods in the course of this cruel illness. And very importantly, they made me feel like I had not only qualified, sympathetic and readily available advisors, but also good friends overseas! The mere thought that they are there, just an email away, is very, very comforting. I AM glad of this opportunity to express publicly my immense gratitude!
Monique van de Stadt-Kamber
I am a huge fan of the Macular Degeneration Partnership. I am a biologist and have learned much about Dry Macular Degeneration, which my father has. Thanks for your cutting edge research and clinical trials. Keep up the good work!