The Retina Foundation of the Southwest is one of only two independent, nonprofit eye research institutes in the country. Located in Dallas, the Foundation is a leader in research to development treatments for macular degeneration, pediatric eye disorders, and inherited eye diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa. Our mission is to prevent vision loss and restore sight through innovative research and treatment. We serve more than 2,000 people each year completely free of charge for advanced vision testing.
The Retina Foundation of the Southwest works to find potentially curative treatments for patients with low vision and blindness caused by age-related macular degeneration, inherited eye diseases, and pediatric eye disorders. Our essential program needs include:
(1) New equipment for the Molecular Ophthalmology Laboratory and Clinic. Replacing outdated equipment is essential to our research for improving the delivery of drugs to the eye to successfully treat age-related macular degeneration.
(2) Support for the Texas 1000 Project. The goal of this project is to genotype 1,000 patients with inherited retinal diseases. The test results will give us better insight on the time course of loss of vision for patients with inherited eye diseases while building a database of potentially eligible candidates for clinical trials conducted by the Retina Foundation and our partners in research.
(3) Support for our binocular movie treatment of amblyopia (lazy eye) in children with strabismus (crossed eyes) or anisometropia (unequal focus between two eyes). This study treats lazy eye by training the two eyes to work together.
(4) Our advanced vision testing services are completely free of charge to our patients however the cost is approximately $250 for each adult patient and $200 for each pediatric patient. These tests go beyond the scope of traditional visual acuity tests, providing a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's sight. This service not only helps in the initial diagnosis of our patients, but it helps the doctor tailor treatment to the specific needs of each individual.
(5) Naming opportunities are available for the acquirement, renovation, and equipment costs of our new facility. A contribution of $25,000 or more is requested for recognition on our Donor Wall and a gift of $100,000 or more is requested to name one of our testing rooms.
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