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Restoring Sight: Low Vision Awareness Month

Imagine seeing fireflies for the first time. Or finally reading the whiteboard in class. Imagine how differently the experience of reading, climbing mountains, or spending time with loved ones would be for someone who just got their vision back or even seeing these things for the first time. We are working to make those experiences a reality for people affected by vision-impairing diseases.

February is Low Vision Awareness month, and we are proud to support organizations which provide research and support for those with vision loss. By donating to Medical Research Charities, you are helping to find a cure for more than seven diseases causing low vision or blindness.

About Low Vision

“Low vision” refers to partial loss of sight that can’t be fully corrected by prescription lenses, medical treatment, or surgery. Low vision and blindness share many of the same causes, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy (DR), and it can affect people of all ages. While low vision may not necessarily lead to incurable blindness, it can make common, everyday tasks like reading, writing, or driving more difficult.

How to Help:

Join us by supporting our mission to restore vision to people affected by these conditions. One donation to Medical Research Charities funds research to cure more than seven diseases causing low vision or blindness. This research is possible because of the following organizations:

Foundation Fighting Blindness

The Foundation Fighting Blindness focuses on several conditions which cause blindness, including leber congenital amaurosis, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, stargardt disease, usher syndrome, and other retinal diseases. The foundation funds research which finds prevention and treatment methods for all these diseases to prevent vision loss and restore sight. These conditions affect more than 10 million Americans. The foundation currently supports over 100 researchers who work to make it possible for them to see clearly. The Foundation Fighting Blindness has celebrated huge successes throughout their history, including the development of a new gene therapy which has restored vision to more than 100 children and young adults with a rare and serious form of retinitis pigmentosa.

Glaucoma Research Foundation

Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness. It is a complex disease which damages the optic nerve, which leads to progressive and irreversible loss of vision. Symptoms can be difficult to detect in early stages, and half of the 3 million Americans with glaucoma don’t know they have it.  

The Glaucoma Research Foundation provides several platforms of support for people with glaucoma, including funding leading research initiatives. Existing treatment options, like surgery or medication, can preserve remaining vision, but they can’t reverse the damage already done by glaucoma. The foundation is supporting research which investigates ways to restore vision that has been lost by repairing or regenerating optic nerve fibers.

If you would like to play a part in restoring sight, please consider donating for a cure.