December 2017 AMD UPDATE
 Celebrity Game Show
John Goodman
Judi Dench

Roseanne Barr

Do you know each of these actors is battling eye disease?  Read here to learn more. 
Tips for Managing Depression 

Seniors with vision impairments are more than twice as likely to suffer from depression as those who have normal eyesight.  Read here some observations from a recent paper.     
Talking Glasses by OrCam

The latest  gear for those with low vision are talking glasses!   Read here about Orcam, an assistive device that helps with daily activities. 
Remember - Smoking increases your risk of AMD!
Learning from our 
senior Seniors

If you could study individuals who were over 100 years old, what would your learn?  Here are the results of a chart review conducted by a group of retina specialists.  

A small clinical study is underway to evaluate the safety of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells transplanted into the retina.   BioTime, a company based in Israel, is betting on regenerative medicine to cure dry AMD.  Read more here.


There are literally millions of offerings available on the Internet. These services range from finding a spot to eat to watching your favorite TV shows. is a website that c ontains  tips and ideas on maintaining a well- balanced life.  

Easy to read articles regarding AMD can also be found here, including various clinical research studies outcomes and discussions. 

Other than offering tips, the website offers articles created by medical professionals.  They also feature nifty apps that help with finding drugs, counting calories, and even a meal planning app.  We recommend you check this website out. We hope you will find this as useful as we did.
Do you have an AMD-related question?

Send your question to  Dr. Andrew Browne, M.D., Ph.D., retina specialist at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute may provide an answer in one of our videotaped segments, AMD Information Bites, which you can find on our Facebook page.

Welcome Interns

One of the benefits for Macular Degeneration Partnership of moving to the campus of University of California, Irvine  has been our affiliation with the Program in Public Health.  

This semester we have had the services of four undergraduate interns who helped to create content for our Facebook page and also contribute to this newsletter.  The Anteater interns are Kamaljeet Singh, Matt Depolo, Belford Gaines, and Ashley Ima.  We are grateful for their help and their enthusiasm to learn more about the public health impact of AMD.
Make a Difference 

As the end of 2017 approaches, consider making a gift to Macular Degeneration Partnership so we can continue to serve you in 2018.

Did you know that 100% of your donation to the UCI Foundation is used exclusively to support the Macular Degeneration Partnership? 

Use the blue  Donate button below to make an on-line gift. 

If you would like to mail your check, please send it to:
Macular Degeneration Partnership
850 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA 92697

Thank you for your generosity!  

Our Pledge . . .
The Macular Degeneration Partnership seeks to provide comprehensive and easily understood information about living with age-related macular degeneration for everyone who needs it. Visit our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information, or call us at (888) 430-9898 if you have a question. 
Good health to you,
Mary Prudden, Program Director
Jay Santoso,  Community Health Specialist

Founded in 1998, the Macular Degeneration Partnership is a program of the Discovery Retina Center, 
Gavin Herbert Eye Institute,
University of California, Irvine.

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