Skip to main content
Accessibility|Contact|Privacy|Terms|Cookies

Research Center to Improve Quality of Life for Blind and Visually Impaired

  • Published: 2009-10-07 (Revised/Updated 2010-07-04) : Author: Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research
  • Synopsis: Worlds largest ocular research center to improve quality of life for blind and visually impaired.

Main Document

World's Largest Ocular Research Center to Improve Quality of Life for Blind and Visually Impaired.

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research Sets Sights on Advances in Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma

Real-time biomedical studies of factors leading to vision impairment are now possible through the world's largest ocular research center at Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research. As the first research center in the world to be directly combined with an eye bank, the Ocular Research Center provides a repository of healthy and diseased ocular tissue for researchers from academic institutions, government organizations and the pharmaceutical industry.

For the first time, researchers can study the complete picture of health through tissue, medical history and family information, which will improve the understanding of underlying health factors leading to vision impairment and blindness. These studies will drive the development of new diagnostic tests and pharmacologic treatments for delaying, stopping and preventing progression of ocular diseases and conditions.

Over the past 30 years, Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research has provided 50,000 eyes for research and given the gift of sight through cornea transplantation to more than 30,000 men, women and children worldwide.

"The Ocular Research Center recently established a relationship with Emory University and we look forward to forming relationships with other organizations to accelerate drug innovation, provide timely clinical trials and formalize best practices," said Jason Woody, Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research CEO.

The initial research platforms will explore the leading causes of blindness, macular degeneration and glaucoma, which affect millions of Americans. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly, profoundly affecting their quality of life. Glaucoma, affecting upwards of 3 million Americans, contributes to more than 120,000 new cases of blindness each year and is the leading cause of blindness among African Americans.

A non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1973, the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research improves outcomes and enhances quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired. The Lions Eye Institute strives to fulfill the Lion's pledge to Helen Keller "to be the Knights of the blind in the crusade against blindness" through the recovery, evaluation, and distribution of eye tissue for transplantation, research and education. For more information, visit www.ocularresearch.org


Have Your Say! - Add your comment or discuss this article on our FaceBook Page.


Interesting Similar Topics
1 : Unexpected Finding May Deter Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Disease : Michigan State University.
2 : International Clinical Trial Study of AMD Progression : NIH - National Eye Institute (NEI).
3 : People Who Experience Dry Eye Soon to Have Drug-Free Solution : American Academy of Ophthalmology.
4 : Do Blind People Express Emotions the Same Way as Sighted People : Universite de Geneve.
5 : Visually-Impaired Children Experience Egg Hunt with Eggs That Beep : Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
From our Vision Disability section - Full List (73 Items)


Submit disability news, coming events, as well as assistive technology product news and reviews.


Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.


Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.


List of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.


Blood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be, and information on blood group types/compatibility.





1 : Eating at Night, Sleeping By Day Alters Key Blood Proteins
2 : Interior Car Temperature Can Become Life-threatening for Children in an Hour
3 : 20 New Episodes of Letters to Lynette with Dr. Lynette Louise to Air on The Autism Channel in 2018
4 : Turnstone Center Designated as Official Paralympic Training Site by US Olympic Committee
5 : Help Your Child in School by Adding Language to The Math
6 : 50% of Retirees Saw Little or No COLA Increase in Net 2018 Social Security Benefits
7 : Turnstone Endeavor Games Concludes with National Records Broken
8 : Spinning in Circles and Learning From Myself by Tsara Shelton


Disclaimer: This site does not employ and is not overseen by medical professionals. Content on Disabled World is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. See our Terms of Service for more information.

Reporting Errors: Disabled World is an independent website, your assistance in reporting outdated or inaccurate information is appreciated. If you find an error please let us know.

© 2004 - 2018 Disabled World™