"We couldn't be more grateful for the generosity of those who help us in our mission."

Mark E. Wilkinson, O.D., the director of the Vision Rehabilitation Service, a program of the Center for Macular Degeneration in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, sees the impact of private support daily. And because of that support, the individuals who benefit from the program’s services can see everything more clearly.

“Our program provides a full continuum of services—medical, physical, psychological, and social—to help individuals with impaired visual functioning lead more productive, satisfying lives,” Dr. Wilkinson says.

“The range of devices we offer runs the gamut, too,” he says, “from special reading glasses and magnifiers to telescopes and video-magnification devices.”

Of course, such devices can be expensive to acquire, and health insurance generally does not provide coverage for them. Fortunately,
private gifts help bridge the gap
, allowing this innovative program of UI Hospitals and Clinics to better serve the residents of Iowa and the region.

“We couldn’t be more grateful for the generosity of those who help us in our mission,” Wilkinson says. “
Because of them, we are able to empower people to live life to the fullest.