Bala Cynwyd, Pa. – It is estimated that 20 million Americans are now living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or low vision – yet, many are left in the dark about living with this devasting disease that robs precious eyesight. This is something that The SupportSight Foundation (TSSF), a national nonprofit organization based in the Philadelphia area, which advocates for those with AMD, hopes to change.
TSSF is using February, which happens to be Macular Degeneration Awareness Month and this important optometric year of 2020 to implement the next generation of the former Macula Vision Research Foundation (MVRF), a nonprofit that was dedicated to finding a cure for macular degeneration and other retinal diseases for over 20 years.
Their mission is solely focused on saving sight for millions of people who suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and lose their precious vision.
“We are leading the way as a strong and loud advocate for saving sight,” said Dawn Prall, Executive Director. “We encourage everyone to join us and make that voice louder and stronger.”
The organization places high priority on raising the public’s awareness of this devastating eye disease through education, advocacy, and research. Their free signature patient and caregiver education program, SupportSight SM , provides disease education and access to low vision resources to help individuals, families, and caregivers whose lives are severely impacted by AMD.
Much like MVRF, TSSF also funds groundbreaking research projects by top scientists in the field who are on a path to discover effective new tools, technology, and treatments for people with vision loss.
“There is a major shortage of new, comprehensive, and accurate disease-specific information from a trusted source for patients, families, and caregivers who are impacted from AMD, in which TSSF will fill the void,” Prall said.
As for Age-related Macular Degenerated Awareness month, TSSF encourages everyone to check out its website and social media. “It is the perfect time for people to get to know us and the resources we offer,” said Prall.
The SupportSight Foundation (TSSF) is a 501(c) 3 public charity with a mission to provide patient education and access to low vision resources to help individuals, families, and caregivers, whose lives are severely impacted by macular degeneration. TSSF also funds innovative vision research projects conducted by top scientists in the field who are on a path to discover effective new tools, technology, and treatments with vision loss. For more information, visit supportsight.org or call 888.681.8773.