Accelerating an End to Blinding-eye Diseases

Threats to vision from injury or disease can be lifechanging and debilitating.

That’s why our researchers and physicians are urgently pursuing breakthroughs to prevent and treat the most serious blinding eye diseases and expand access to high-quality eye care in our region.

But we can’t do it without you. Will you join us and help us end blinding-eye diseases?

Yes! I want to help end blinding-eye diseases.

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Your Impact

Your gift fast-tracks cutting edge research to prevent and treat vision loss and helps expand vision care in our community. Here’s how you can make a difference:

Expand comprehensive vision services. Your generosity helps ensure all people in our region can get the most up-to-date, comprehensive care and treatments for glaucoma, cataracts, retinal and corneal diseases, and general eye care.

Uncover links between vision health and overall health. Your gift advances remarkable new fields in vision science, like computational ophthalmology, which uses large datasets to discover links between eye disease and other health issues. These findings translate into new diagnostic tools and treatments.

Accelerate breakthroughs to prevent and treat vision loss. Support from donors like you spur breakthrough innovations that help prevent vision loss in patients with diseases like age-related macular degeneration, improving quality of life for millions of people.

Investing in a Leader in Vision Care,
Research, Training and Education

UW Medicine is at the forefront of vision science and attracts leaders in ophthalmology research and care. The Karalis Johnson Retina Center is one of only three centers in the country where patients can benefit from the combination of clinical care and the latest retinal research discoveries in a single environment. At the Karalis Johnson Retina Center, clinicians and researchers are working together to find cures for retinal diseases like macular degeneration. The Computational Ophthalmology Program housed at the Center has already made groundbreaking discoveries on the link between eye diseases and Alzheimer’s disease.

Among the cutting-edge vision science research at the UW Medicine Eye Institute’s Vision Sciences Center is a technology called adaptive optics that measures and maps the retina, uniquely positioning UW Medicine to better detect and monitor diseases and to test new therapies for vision restoration. With an interdisciplinary approach that builds on the expertise of researchers across many fields, we are making important breakthroughs that have the potential to advance treatments for people with blinding eye diseases — from delivering new DNA to the eye with a simple injection to using chemical reanimation to restore sight to people with retinal blindness.

As a learning health system, we’re also training the next generation of ophthalmologists for the region and our country, with fellowships in retina, cornea, oculoplastics, ocular inflammatory diseases and pediatric ophthalmology.


Join Us

Your generosity accelerates breakthroughs to prevent and treat the most serious blinding eye diseases and expand access to high-quality eye care in our region.

Will you help us end blinding eye diseases and restore vision health for people in our community?

You can also partner with us
in these other critical areas and programs

Retina Research Fund

This fund supports retina research in the Department of Ophthalmology, at the direction of the Chair.

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Glaucoma Research Fund

This funds supports research on the treatment of glaucoma, including diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for chronic open angle glaucoma and closed angle glaucoma, and other forms of the disease, in the Department of Ophthalmology.

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Corneal Research Fund

This fund supports corneal research in the Department of Ophthalmology.

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