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Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Foundation Fighting Blindness

About The Foundation Fighting Blindness

Our Vision

To restore the gift of sight to people living with genetic forms of blindness.

Our Mission

To find the causes, treatments and ultimately the cures for retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and related retinal diseases by supporting research and public awareness.

Three Decades of Funding Groundbreaking Vision Research...

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is a Canadian health charity that was founded in 1974 by a small group of families intent on finding a cure for the disease robbing their children of sight. At that time retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and other retinal dystrophies were thought to be incurable. Undaunted, these families enlisted the support of Canada's leading medical scientists and set to work collecting money for vision research. From these humble beginnings, The Foundation Fighting Blindness has grown to become Canada's leading private supporter of retina research, having given more than $21.4 million to groundbreaking eye research taking place at universities and hospitals across the country.

Pushing the Frontiers of Medical Science to Find Cures...

Over the last 30 years, The Foundation Fighting Blindness has funded dozens of research discoveries to identify the causes of genetic forms of blindness. These discoveries have helped bring scientists to this very exciting time in vision research. Today marks the first time that a treatment exists to prevent vision loss and restore some vision for those with an eye disease called 'wet' age-related macular degeneration (AMD) - and the first time human trials exist to reverse blindness in certain patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP). To read more about the latest discovery, please click here.

Building a Supportive Community to Fight Blindness...

The FFB is not just an organization, we are a community. Diverse and thriving, we represent hundreds of volunteers, thousands of individuals and families affected by retinal eye diseases and scores of Canadian scientists seeking cures for blindness.

This web site is intended to provide our community with information about current advances in vision research and the research initiatives being funded by our donors. We strive to provide clear information about all of our activities and events and about today's vision science.

A cure is in sight. It is just a matter of time.