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The Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc., wishes to thank all who support our efforts to serve the low-vision community. After more than 30 years, with the help of online donations and generous contributions from individuals and family estates, we continue to…

Macular Degeneration

The following information and educational video’s will answer many of your questions. However, an eye care professional who has examined your eyes and is familiar with your medical history is the best person to answer specific questions. What is AMD? AMD…

Trusted Resources

Your search ends here. Our mission is to collect reliable information related to macular disease and share that information in a timely way. This includes advancements in medical research, prospective treatments, and practical suggestions for coping with the challenges of…

Treatments

Criteria for Cataract Surgery

Philip C Hessburg MD What are the indications for cataract surgery? In short: One should consider having cataracts removed when one’s vision has fallen to levels where he/she cannot do the things one needs – or wants – to do….

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Common Misconceptions Regarding Macular Degeneration

by Dan RobertsMD Foundation Resource Director888-866-6148 Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive disease of the retina wherein the light-sensing cells in the central area of vision (the macula) stop working and eventually die. The disease is thought to be…

Don’t Be Shy to Ask Your Primary Care Physician

A report from the National Poll on Healthy Aging reveals that more than half of older patients surveyed said their primary care providers have not asked them about their vision. Considering the number of ailments that can affect the aging…

How smoking can harm your eyes

Statistics have shown that only 1 out of 5 smokers actually are aware of the risk smoking has on their eye health. The following information may convince folks that breaking the habit is imperative to insure a long and healthy…

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So what does it mean to be blind?

by Philip C Hessburg MD Well, literally, total loss of all light perception is absolute blindness. That patient would have no perception of light, would not know whether the sun has come up. Fortunately, perhaps as few as 10 or…

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AMD Risk Higher Among Outdoor Workers

by Norra MacReady – April 16, 2016 Some cloudy news for people who work outdoors: long hours in the sun may increase the risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Compared with little or no time spent working in the sun,…

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