Medical Resources and Information

American Diabetes Association

Website - American Diabetes Association

Description - The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading non-profit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities. The mission of the Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

American Macular Degeneration Foundation

Website - American Macular Degeneration Foundation

Description - The American Macular Degeneration Foundation is committed to the prevention and cure of macular degeneration and offers hope and support to those afflicted and their families. The Foundation will be a major voice in establishing the national research agenda for macular degeneration through promoting an alliance among the scientific community, government, and victims of the disease and their families to ensure the prevention and cure of the disease.

American Optometric Association, The

Website - The American Optometric Association

Description - As the premier authority in the optometric profession, the American Optometric Association (AOA) leads the way in it's mission of improving the quality and availability of eye and vision care everywhere. With more than 34,000 members serving nearly 6,500 American communities, AOA helps optometrists provide over two thirds of all primary eye care in the United States. In addition AOA provides excellent information on eye diseases and concerns.

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Website - The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Description - The mission of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons. It does so by providing clinical and practice management education and by working with patients, government, and the medical community to promote the delivery of quality eye care.

Eye Bank Association of America, The

Website - Eye Bank Association of America, The

Description - The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) is a not-for-profit organization of eye banks dedicated to the restoration of sight through the promotion and advancement of eye banking. The oldest transplant association in the United States, the EBAA is a nationally recognized accrediting body for eye banks. Since 1961, EBAA member banks have restored sight to nearly 1,000,000 individuals.

Eye Care America

Website - Eye Care America

Description - Founded in 1985, Eye Care America is a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Eye Care America's mission is to reduce avoidable blindness and severe visual impairment by raising awareness about eye disease and care, providing free eye health educational materials and facilitating access to medical eye care. Eye Care America offers multiple eye care programs for which individuals may qualify. Callers will be automatically screened to determine the program that provides the most appropriate eye care services. Eligible seniors who have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years may be able to receive a referral for eye care at no out-of-pocket cost for up to one year. Callers who have not had an eye exam in the past 12 months and are at increased risk for glaucoma may be eligible to receive a referral for a glaucoma eye exam. To learn more about Eye Care America's public service programs or to see if you, a family member or a friend qualify for a free referral, visit their website.

Foundation Fighting Blindness

Website - Foundation Fighting Blindness

Description - The urgent mission of The Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. (FFB) is to drive the research that will provide prevention, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher Syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. Over nine 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. The Foundation funds leading edge research in promising areas such as genetics, gene therapy, retinal cell transplantation, artificial retinal implants, and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies.

The Glaucoma Foundation

Website - The Glaucoma Foundation

Description - The Glaucoma Foundation is the premier not-for-profit organization committed to leading the fight against glaucoma and to identifying new treatments and cures. Research holds great promise for the 3 million Americans and 67 million people worldwide who suffer from glaucoma. Imagine a future in which it is possible to: protect nerve cells from damage, regenerate eyesight lost from glaucoma, predict one's risk for glaucoma before the disease appears and prevent glaucoma from developing at all. The Glaucoma Foundation's goal is to transform these possibilities into sight-saving breakthroughs that will improve the quality of life for current and future generations.

Glaucoma Research Foundation

Website - Glaucoma Research Foundation

Description - Dedicated to protecting the sight and independence of people with glaucoma through research and education. Free publications on glaucoma are available.

International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease

Website - International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease

Description - The International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease is dedicated to the promotion of research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of optic nerve disease, and to the dissemination of information about optic nerve disease. The IFOND Web site is an information/support center for patients with optic nerve disease and their families, as well as clinicians, scientists and lay persons interested in optic nerve disease.

Low Vision Institute, The

Website - The Low Vision Institute

Description - The Low Vision Institute is located in South Florida. We regularly have patients arriving from all over the U.S. and abroad for evaluation, aids and therapy. We will be happy to assist you with any arrangements necessary, should you wish to come to the Institute for care. Dr. Gannon and his staff are also available to travel to see patients almost anywhere and will be happy to discuss arrangements with you.

The Macula Foundation, Inc.

Website - The Macula Foundation, Inc.

Description - Our mission at The Macula Foundation is simple — to prevent and restore vision loss by raising awareness about the macula and furthering knowledge in the field with innovative research.

Macular Degeneration Foundation

Website - The Macula Foundation, Inc.

Description - Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 tax-exempt charitable foundation. It was founded in 1989 by Edmund J. Alex, a Silicon Valley business man who developed age-related macular degeneration in his mid 70’s. Until his death in 2009 at the age of 94, Ed dedicated his life to raising awareness of a disease that was practically unknown. He began raising money for research and published a newsletter called the MAGNIFIER designed to inform and assist others with low vision to cope with the disease.

My Vision Simulator

Website - Vision Simulations

Description - The Vision Simulator is designed to help you better understand the possible progression of some of the more common eye diseases and conditions. It approximates what sufferers of various eye conditions might see at the different stages of each condition.

National Eye Health Education Program

Website - National Eye Health Education Program

Description - Although many people maintain good vision throughout their lifetimes, people over age 65 are at increased risk of developing low vision. You, your eye care professional, and specialist in low vision need to work in partnership to achieve what is best for you. An important part of this relationship is good communication. Here you will find some questions to ask your eye care professional or specialist in low vision to get the discussion started.

National Eye Institute

Website - National Eye Institute

Description - The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. As one of the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision. This 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. Part of the NEI mission is to develop public and professional education programs that help prevent blindness, reduce visual impairment, and increase awareness of services and devices that are available for people with low vision. To meet these objectives, the NEI has established the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP), a partnership of over 65 professional, civic, and voluntary organizations and government agencies concerned with eye health. The program represents an extension of the NEI's support of vision research, where results are disseminated to health professionals, patients, and the public. The NEI is also the lead federal agency for the vision and hearing chapter in Healthy People 2010, the nation's blueprint to improve public health.

Prevent Blindness America

Website - Prevent Blindness America

Description - Since 1908, Prevent Blindness America has been the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization with the sole mission of preventing blindness and preserving sight. We check the eyes of millions of children and adults each year. Our vision screenings help preschoolers at risk of vision loss from lazy eye (amblyopia), school children who depend on good vision for learning, and adults threatened by glaucoma and other serious vision problems. We get the word out on better eye health through brochures, fact sheets, public service announcements, newsletters, media campaigns, special events and the web. Every year more than 120 million people read, hear or see our messages about early detection of eye disease and prevention of accidents that can cause permanent loss of sight.

Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins

Website - Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins

Description - Part of providing the best eye care, we believe, is to make that care user friendly. Patients and referring physicians and optometrists are often gratified to discover how easily and quickly they can gain access to Wilmers doctors. The information provided in this Web site is intended to help meet that user friendly goal. You will find here an overview of Wilmers various departments, research and training, as well as phone numbers and email addresses for making appointments or simply getting answers to questions. We hope you find this information useful.

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