Useful Links

Here are links to organizations we work closely with and expect will have useful information for our patients:

Women's Eye

Women's Eye was formed in response to the troubling reality that two-thirds of the world's population of blind and visually impaired persons are women. In 2001, an analysis of over 70 epidemiologic studies on blindness revealed this previously unknown and still largely unpublicized fact. A group of researchers at the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston joined forces with colleagues from around the U.S. and the world to form the Women's Eye Health .org. It has been estimated that three-quarters of blindness and visual impairment is preventable or treatable, thus, education of the public is paramount. Women's Eye was formed as an education, outreach program.

The mission of Women's Eye is to educate people regarding those eye diseases that:

  • Are intrinsically more prevalent in women
  • Occur more often in women because they live longer than men
  • Are exacerbated by nutritional habits, smoking and/or environmental insult
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National Eye Institute

As part of the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute’s mission is to "conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind."

The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. NEI research leads to sight-saving treatments, reduces visual impairment and blindness, and improves the quality of life for people of all ages. NEI-supported research has advanced our knowledge of how the visual system functions in health and disease.

Vision research is supported by the NEI through approximately 1600 research grants and training awards made to scientists at more than 250 medical centers, hospitals, universities, and other institutions across the country and around the world. The NEI also conducts laboratory and patient-oriented research at its own facilities located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Mass. Lions Eye Research Fund

Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund

Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. has helped people with eye diseases from glaucoma to diabetic eye disease to cataract extractions. We have contributed to hospitals and institutions such as B.U. Medical Center, Joslin Diabetes Center, New England Eye Center, Children's Hospital, Schepens Eye Institute, Howe Laboratory and many more.

In the last 50 years, Lions Clubs throughout the state have raised millions of dollars. Through the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund Inc., they have provided critical financial support for various eye research programs.

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Research to Prevent Blindness

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) is the leading voluntary health organization supporting eye research directed at the prevention, treatment or eradication of all diseases that threaten vision.

In pursuit of this objective, RPB has committed hundreds of millions of dollars in grant support to provide scientific manpower, technological equipment and eye research laboratory facilities. As a result, RPB researchers have been associated with nearly every major breakthrough in the understanding and treatment of the loss of vision across the past 40 years.

Today, RPB provides major eye research funding to more than 50 leading scientific institutions in the U.S. and supports the work of hundreds of talented vision scientists engaged in a diverse range of disease-oriented research.

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The Foundation Fighting Blindness

The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher Syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.

  • More than 10 million Americans of every age and race suffer vision loss from these blinding diseases.
  • The Foundation has funded thousands of research studies at hundreds of prominent institutions worldwide. Currently, the Foundation funds 137 grants at 59 institutions.
  • The Foundation funds leading-edge research in promising areas such as genetics, gene therapy, retinal cell transplantation, and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies.
  • Since its inception on September 16, 1971, the Foundation has raised more than $350 million.
  • RP and Usher syndrome are inherited diseases commonly diagnosed during childhood or young adulthood. RP causes severe vision loss leading to legal and/or complete blindness. Children with Usher syndrome are born with varying degrees of deafness and later develop RP.
  • Age-related macular degeneration has inherited risks and is characterized by a progressive loss of central vision. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in adults over age 55 in the U.S. and other developed countries.
  • The Foundation has 50 volunteer-led groups across the U.S. These dedicated volunteers raise funds, increase public awareness, and provide support to their communities.
  • Leading retinal research scientists praise the advances enabled by The Foundation. (See below.)
  • The Foundation provides information and outreach programs for patients, families and professionals.