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Supporting Researchers is Vital

Research needs researchers

It takes more than research to help find treatments for vision disorders and blindness. It takes passionate, committed people to make these discoveries. 

But vision research is not always an easy career to pursue. Funding is often a challenge. Access to other scientists is also vital — to share lessons learned and expertise, for mentoring and to build collaborations so that discoveries can be turned into treatments for patients. Some countries do not have the structure in place for research — such as laboratories, materials and scientists with experience — so although many eye doctors want to start doing research to help their patients, they lack the resources to get started.

This is where the ARVO Foundation comes in. We help support the careers of vision researchers so that they can make sight-saving discoveries. You can be a part of this. 

ARVO is the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Our nearly 12,000 members are vision scientists who come from all over the world. They share their research and learn from each other. ARVO members have been responsible for major breakthroughs in treating blinding conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, cataracts and more. They have pioneered techniques that have led to corneal transplants, LASIK surgery and even gene replacement therapy, which has allowed blind people to see again. 

The most effective research is not done in isolation. Scientists need to learn from each other, and they need support. We started the ARVO Foundation because some researchers — particularly young scientists — need help to pursue their sight-saving work. 

What kind of support do we give?

  • We bring young researchers to scientific meetings. This is vitally important! These meetings are where the best minds in eye and vision research gather, to share their findings and figure out next steps for moving forward. 
  • We give awards to researchers to build on their successful work in areas like age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and low vision. These funds can help researchers bring their work out of the lab to patients. 
  • We give grants to help researchers continue their promising work and to get it published
  • We provide fellowships to bring researchers from developing countries to the U.S. to work directly with experienced scientists. In turn, these young researchers bring this new knowledge back home with them — and often, these collaborations pave the way for new funding, allowing them to continue this vital work where it is most needed. 

Your donation to the ARVO Foundation, big or small, can help support a researcher’s dream of finding a treatment or cure for blindness.

We don’t know exactly when or in what country the cures for the leading causes of blindness — glaucoma, AMD, diabetic retinopathy, cataract and others — will come from.

But we do know these treatments and cures will come from researchers. And the ARVO Foundation will be there to support them. We hope you will too. 

Donate today