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When a close family member was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Karen and the late Herbert Lotman began asking questions. What they found was little was known about the causes and effects of this devastating disease that leaves millions of people around the world with little sight and little hope of ever restoring it.

So they set out to change that, founding the Macula Vision Research Foundation (MVRF) as a 501(c)(3) public charity in 1997.

The Lotmans’ exuberant passion and dedication to curing macular degeneration led MVRF in a fearless fight for the cure. Studies conducted by leading vision scientists and funded by MVRF led to some of the greatest breakthroughs of the last decade.

In 2018, instead of continuing MVRF as a charity, our research focus moved into a new direction when The Karen and Herbert Lotman Fund of the Macula Vision Research Foundation of the University of Pennsylvania Scheie Eye Institute was created.

Through a long standing partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, The Karen and Herbert Lotman Fund of the Macula Vision Research Foundation will continue to fund the ongoing goal of finding a cure for the disease.