The Association for Macular Diseases offers support to individuals with vision loss, their families and friends, and the professional community.
Founded in 1978, the Association is based at the Northwell Health / Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital located at 210 East 64th Street in Manhattan.
This website is a collaboration between the Association for Macular Diseases and Ophthalmic Edge, Inc.
The site provides practical tips and encouraging advice for living well with vision loss. Topics include Making Adjustments, Accessibility & Technology, Health & Well-Being.
We want to hear from you. Send us a question for Q&A, share your thoughts in the comments section following each article, or tell us about your vision in Voices of Experience.
OphthalmicEdge is a two portal site with one goal:
to provide better understanding of ophthalmic subjects for both professionals and visually impaired patients dealing with changes, from magnification to accessability.
YALE L. FISHER M.D. | FOUNDER
WHAT WE OFFER
Guide to the
Accessibility of Things
and Affirming Advice
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Association for Macular Diseases, Inc. is guided by a dedicated Board of Directors:
Mary Fern BreheneyVICE PRESIDENT
Patricia DahlBOARD MEMBER
Joan R. DalyTREASURER
Bernie Landou has been the Association’s President for seven years, and the Editor-In-Chief of its Eyes Only Newsletter for thirteen years. He first joined the Association’s volunteers in 1990 after a long professional career as a Public Relations Executive. He has extensively shared his experience and his perspective on living with age-related macular degeneration.
Mary Fern Breheney
Mary Fern Breheney, a Board Director for the Association for Macular Diseases for nearly 20 years, resides in the Mid-Hudson Valley where she practices Elder Law, Estate Planning and Administration. Mary is married to Bud Breheney and they have two adult children.
Patricia Dahl is the Executive Director/CEO of The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration in New York and has 30 years of experience in eye banking. She is a past-Chair of the Eye Bank Association of America and has served on a variety of key committees, including Medical Advisory Board, Accreditation Board and Certification Board.
Joan R. Daly
Joan R. Daly is a Registered Nurse. She served for 35years as Clinical and Administrative Director of Ophthalmology Research at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital. Joan also coordinated outreach and educational programs for the visually impaired.
Dorrie Rush is a Visual Accessibility Expert and progressive proponent for Universal Access and Inclusive Design. She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.
Namrata leads the Ophthalmology Medical Affairs as an Executive Director at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to joining Regeneron, Namrata was at Genentech and at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital. Namrata earned her Doctor of Optometry from the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Optometry from the University of California and a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Whittier College.
Nanette Stevenson is the daughter of Nikolai Stevenson, the former President of the Association for Macular Diseases. Having watched her father adjust to life with macular disease, she hopes to carry on in his efforts to reach out and support those who are diagnosed with this affliction.
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