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Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is responsible for regulating firms who manufacture, repackage, relabel, and/or import medical devices sold in the United States. In addition, CDRH regulates radiation-emitting electronic products (medical and non-medical) such as lasers, x-ray systems, ultrasound equipment, microwave ovens and color televisions.

Review Date: June 28, 2011

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NIH National Eye Institute - NEI

The National Eye Institute (NEI), established in 1968, has primary responsibility within the National Institutes of Health for supporting and conducting research aimed at improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of eye diseases. In addition, the NEI encourages the application of research findings to clinical practice, heightens public awareness of eye and vision problems, and cooperates with voluntary organizations that engage in related activities. The NEI coordinates the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP), a Federal effort to prevent vision loss by encouraging early diagnosis and timely treatment of eye diseases.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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American Optometric Association

Founded in 1898, the AOA is a federation of state, student and armed forces optometric associations. Through these affiliations, the AOA serves members consisting of optometrists, students of optometry, paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Together, the AOA and its affiliates work to provide the public with quality vision and eye care. The AOA sets professional standards, helping its members conduct patient care efficiently and effectively; lobbies government and other organizations on behalf of the optometric profession; provides research and education leadership.

Review Date: December 15, 2011

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Lighthouse International

Lighthouse International is a non-profit organization, based in New York City, dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. The organization provides direct services and information to help people who are blind (or with low vision) lead independent lives. Lighthouse also conducts professional and continuing-education courses for low vision practitioners and professionals in related fields; provides national and international contact information for local support groups, low vision services, rehabilitation agencies, state agencies and advocacy groups; and operates a retail and mail order store with low vision products.

Review Date: June 08, 2011

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Low Vision Center

The Low Vision Center (LVC), is a nonprofit organization that provides up-to-date information about eye diseases; programs about low vision for interested groups; referrals to other agencies in related fields; and support and information to families, friends, and the general public. LVC has a hands-on display of visual aids that includes magnifiers, closed circuit TV's, writing materials, reading aids, sunglasses, lighting, kitchen aids, and household aids; advises clients on how to select the aids and where to purchase them. LVC also sells a select group of low vision aids. Appointment required. There is no fee.

Review Date: August 07, 2014

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New Eyes for the Needy, Inc.

New Eyes for the Needy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1932 to improve the vision of the less fortunate. New Eyes for the Needy works to empower children and adults in the United States and overseas with the improved vision they need to pursue a better quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities. To that end, New Eyes purchases new prescription eyeglasses through a voucher program for children and adults in the United States who cannot afford glasses on their own. New Eyes accepts, recycles and distributes donated glasses for poor people overseas.

Review Date: August 07, 2014

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Sight and Hearing Association

The Sight and Hearing Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling lifetime learning by identifying preventable loss of vision and hearing through the development of effective screening, education, and research programs. Projects include a mobile childhood vision and hearing screening program, which helps detect vision and hearing problems from infancy through high school. In addition, the organization participates in community and corporate health events that focus on adult vision and hearing issues.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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