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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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NIH National Institute on Aging

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. The Institute's mission is to: •Support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. •Foster the development of research and clinician scientists in aging. •Communicate information about aging and advances in research on aging to the scientific community, health care providers, and the public.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

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NIH National Institute on Aging

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. The Institute's mission is to: •Support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. •Foster the development of research and clinician scientists in aging. •Communicate information about aging and advances in research on aging to the scientific community, health care providers, and the public.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

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American Academy of Ophthalmology

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the largest national membership association of ophthalmologists, medical and osteopathic doctors who provide comprehensive eye care, including medical, surgical and optical care. More than 90 percent of practicing U.S. Eye M.D.s are Academy members, and the Academy has more than 7,000 international members. The Academy provides a wide variety of programs, products and services to Eye M.D.s and the patients.

Review Date: December 06, 2011

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BrightFocus Foundation

BrightFocus Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that funds research into cures for Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and glaucoma, and provides the public with information about risk factors, preventative lifestyles, available treatments and coping strategies.

Review Date: March 14, 2013

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Glaucoma Foundation

The mission of the Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) is to fund groundbreaking research and to educate the public about the disease and the importance of early detection to prevent blindness. The Foundation works to encourage and support basic and applied research in glaucoma, to gain and disseminate new information about the causes and treatment of glaucoma, and to further efforts to identify and develop novel approaches to preserve visual function and reverse blindness caused by glaucoma.

Review Date: August 31, 2011

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Glaucoma Research Foundation

The Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the sight of people who have glaucoma through research and education. GRF was established in 1978 to support medical research into the causes and treatments of glaucoma. The organization also coordinates the Glaucoma Support Network, a national, telephone-based peer support network for glaucoma patients and their families (8:30 am - 5:00 pm, PST, Monday-Friday). GRF welcomes inquiries and encourages public and professional education.

Review Date: November 21, 2008

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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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Prevent Blindness America

Prevent Blindness America, formerly known as the National Society to Prevent Blindness (NSPB), was founded in 1908. It promotes the prevention of blindness through a comprehensive program of community services, public and professional education, and research. Prevent Blindness attempts to translate medical and technological advances in the field of eye care into practical and obtainable services for the public. It sponsors vision screening and educational projects for the detection of vision problems in young children and adults. Speakers and educational materials are geared to such specific audiences as elementary school children, senior citizens, nurses, and agricultural workers. Information and advisory services related to current treatments and available facilities, research findings, and medical knowledge in the field of eye care and eye disease, and eye health and eye safety are available upon request by phone or letter. Prevent Blindess' program of professional education provides health professionals and health service groups with eye-care resource materials and educational programs related to services in the community. The group conducts statistical studies on the causes of blindness and funds laboratory and clinical research projects related to the prevention of blindness. There are affiliates and divisions in 23 States.

Review Date: February 04, 2011

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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 50 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. RPB's far-reaching activities are planned and carried out with the expert advice and guidance of a Scientific Advisory Panel composed of distinguished leaders in the field of medical science. RPB neither seeks nor accepts funds from any governmental source. It does not conduct expensive mass mailing campaigns but, rather, relies on bequests and selective appeals to interested individuals, corporations and private foundations to support its research effort. Anyone wishing information concerning current research findings related to a specific eye disease may contact RPB. To obtain a full description of RPB's programs, its audited financial statements and a listing of the volunteers who serve on its Board of Trustees and Scientific Advisory Committees, download RPB's Annual Report.

Review Date: January 13, 2011

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Sturge-Weber Foundation

The Sturge-Weber Foundation (SWF) is a non-profit foundation serving people with Sturge-Weber syndrome (also known as encephalotrigeminal angiomatosis), Klippel Trenaunay (KT) and Port Wine Stains (PWS), their families, and the medical and professional community. The Foundation acts as a clearinghouse for information and to facilitate fund raising for research into SWS, KT and PWS. The Foundation provides telephone counselling in addition to an e-mail support group on the Internet

Review Date: July 07, 2010

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