Stem Cell Therapy & AMD

In the November 2016 issue of AMD Update, we featured stem cell therapy and AMD.  We warned about centers that offer treatments to reverse vision loss and regrow retinal cells. We ended with, "Beware of anything that seems too good to be true!"

How sad it was to read early this year about three women suffering from macular degeneration.  They went to a Florida clinic hoping that stem cell therapy would save their eyesight. Instead, all three are now blind.  Read more here.

AMD: Are Doctors Diagnosing It?

A recent study found that in many cases when an individual is told they do not have macular degeneration, the eye doctor may have missed evidence of disease.  

Read about a recent study here.  
Foresee Home Monitoring

A year ago, we  introduced the ForeseeHome Monitoring program.  By performing a simple vision test each day, individuals with AMD can track changes that may signal wet AMD.   New research shows self monitoring can be cost effective by eliminating unnecessary doctor visits and reducing the number of anti-VEGF injections.    Read more here

US Open Pickleball Update 

We are happy to announce that Macular Degeneration Partnership was a charitable partner of the US Open Pickleball Championships, held in Naples, FL in April.  

In the event's second year, there were nearly 1,400 players from 42 states and 14 countries competing.  Pickleball, a combination of tennis, racquetball, table tennis and badminton, is the fastest growing 'senior' sport with more than 2.5 million players; many of these athletes are at risk of developing AMD.  

We are happy to be a part of this event and grateful for their support of our programs.  To learn more, visit Pickle Ball championships.

Were you one of 1,800 wet AMD patients who participated in the HAWK or HARRIER clinical trial?
Preliminary results are very encouraging.  Read more here To learn more about ongoing research studies, visit . or talk to your retina specialist.

WEBSITES WE LOVE:   Reader's Digest  

Who doesn't love Reader's Digest?  This paperback-sized magazine has been around forever  (Well, not really, but it has been around for 97 years.)  RD has been especially responsive to the senior set, offering a Large Print edition that has the same inspirational stories, medical updates, jokes and puzzles that we remember.  You can read many features from the current issue on-line at or subscribe and receive your own copy in the mail. 

Reader's Digest has been an active supporter of vision related causes and awards a prize to innovators and developers of devices that assist individuals with low vision.    
(MORE) WEBSITES WE LOVE:   Great Museums  

One of the trials of living with AMD is that some of life's pleasures begin to slip away.  Traveling can be a burden to yourself and others, and so going to places that brought enjoyment becomes difficult.  
For those who enjoy visual arts, or visiting museums, AMD can present a particular challenge. 

Become an armchair traveler and take virtual trip to places that you love.  The internet is filled with websites and videos that can give you a taste of things that bring joy.  

A few years ago, a TV series called Great Museums visited museums large and small.  Using your computer screen, you can take guided tours of museum collections.  

The best part is there is no driving involved.  You can listen to the commentary and hit the pause button when you want, enlarge the image
on your screen, and revisit some of your favorite artists or paintings at your own pace.

Visit the Great Museums' YouTube channel to see the offerings of the series.

Here are some favorite episodes: 
Happy armchair travels!

Your gift to UCI Foundation is used exclusively to support the programs of the Macular Degeneration Partnership.

Anyone in the U.S. who makes a donation to Macular Degeneration Partnership during July and August will receive a set of ten Amsler Grid magnets.  Keep one on your refrigerator, and share the rest with friends.  Your support helps us continue to share information about AMD.  Thank you!

If you'd like to mail your check 
to the UCI Foundation, please send it to:
Macular Degeneration Partnership
850 Health Sciences Drive
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 website for more information, or call us at 888-430-9898 if you have a question. 
Good health to you,
Mary Prudden
Executive Program Director
Macular Degeneration Partnership

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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