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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Program Status

 
Open – We are accepting applications for new and renewal patients. If your application for assistance is approved you can begin receiving funding immediately.

Maximum Award Level

$4,000 per year

Eligibility Criteria

  • Patient should be insured and insurance must cover the medication for which patient seeks assistance.
  • The medication must treat the disease directly.
  • Patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
  • Patient’s income must fall below 500% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Get Help With Your Treatment

Apply Online (Click Here) or call 1-866-316-PANF (7263)

Information About the Disease

 

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving.

In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older. AMD occurs in two forms: wet and dry. PAN's Wet AMD Fund only covers patients diagnosed with Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

Wet AMD occurs when abnormal blood vessels behind the retina start to grow under the macula. These new blood vessels tend to be very fragile and often leak blood and fluid. The blood and fluid raise the macula from its normal place at the back of the eye. Damage to the macula occurs rapidly.

An early symptom of wet AMD is that straight lines appear wavy. If you notice this condition or other changes to your vision, contact your eye care professional at once. You need a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

For more information about Wet AMD visit the American Macular Degeneration Foundation's website.