Educate Yourself

Causes of Vision Loss


Eye Care America

Address:
P.O. Box 429098
San Francisco, CA  94142-9098
Phone:
(877) 887-6327 (Toll Free)
(415) 447-0381 (TTY)
(415) 561-8567 (Fax)
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Founded in 1985, EyeCare America is a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Our mission is to reduce avoidable blindness and severe visual impairment by raising awareness about eye disease and care, providing free eye health educational materials and facilitating access to medical eye care. In addition to our online educational materials, we offer eye care programs for which individuals may qualify. Callers will be asked a series of questions to determine the program that provides the most appropriate eye care services.

Glaucoma Research Foundation

Address:
251 Post Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA  94108
Phone:
(415) 986-3162
(800) 826-6693 (Toll Free)
(415) 986-3763 (Fax)
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Since 1978, the Glaucoma Research Foundation has funded innovative research and provided educational materials about glaucoma. Our donors have contributed over $48 million dollars to this cause. While we do not conduct research ourselves, we work closely with the research community to make progress towards a cure for glaucoma.

Macular Degeneration Partnership

Address:
6222 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 260
Los Angeles, CA  90048
Phone:
(310) 623-4466
(310) 623-1937 (Fax)
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Whether you were just diagnosed or have had AMD a long time, you can find the information, resources and support you need right here. Family members and caregivers can learn what itís like to have macular degeneration and how they can help. In addition to our online information, you can request the AMD Toolkit, a packet of large print information, booklets and resources.. Sign up for the e-newsletter and youíll receive a monthly AMD Update about research and treatment.

Prevent Blindness America

Address:
211 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL  60606
Phone:
(800) 331-2020 (Toll Free)
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Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year.

The Eye Digest

Address:
1855 W Taylor Street, MC648
Chicago, IL  60612
Phone:
(312) 996-6590
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The Eye Digest provides free access to the latest medical information on diseases of the eye in an attempt to empower people to take control of their vision health, while educating them on the importance and need for further medical advances

National Eye Institute

Address:
31 Center Drive MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD  20892-2510
Phone:
(301) 496-5248
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As part of the federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Instituteís mission is to "conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind."

The Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc.

Address:
7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Columbia, MD  21046
Phone:
(410) 568-0150
(800) 683-5555 (Toll Free)
(800) 683-5551 (TTY)
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he urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. We offer information and referral services for affected individuals and their families as well as doctors and eye care professionals.Our newsletter, Fighting Blindness News, presents articles on coping, research updates, and Foundation news and is published 6 times per year, every other month.

American Macular Degeneration Foundation

Address:
PO Box 515
Northampton, MA  01061-0515
Phone:
(413) 268-7660
(888) 622-8527 (Toll Free)
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The American Macular Degeneration Foundation is committed to the prevention and cure of macular degeneration and offers hope and support to those afflicted and their families. The Foundation will be a major voice in establishing the national research agenda for macular degeneration through promoting an alliance among the scientific community, government, and victims of the disease and their families to ensure the prevention and cure of the disease.

American Optometric Association, Low Vision

Address:
243 North Lindbergh Blvd
St. Louis, MO  63141
Phone:
(800) 365-2219 (Toll Free)
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The American Optometric Association represents approximately 36,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Optometrists serve patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, and in 3,500 of those communities are the only eye doctors. Doctors of optometry provide two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States. The Low Vision page provides information specific to vision loss.

Macular Degeneration Support (MD Support)

Address:
3600 Blue Ridge
Grandview, MO  64030
Phone:
(816) 761-7080 (Toll Free)
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Macular Degeneration Support is a world-wide non-profit public service organization. Its mission since 1995 has been to provide information and support for people who are affected by macular degeneration and similar retinal diseases. Known more simply as MD Support, it is based on the Internet and also offers a public awareness program designed to reach people who are without Internet access.

Macular Degeneration Foundation

Address:
P.O. Box 531313
Henderson, NV  89053
Phone:
(702) 450-2908
(888) 633-3937 (Toll Free)
(702) 450-3396 (Fax)
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The Macular Degeneration Foundation is dedicated to those who have and will develop macular degeneration.†We offer this growing community the latest information, news, hope and encouragement.†In addition, the Foundation gives financial support to researchers investigating treatments and others helping those coping with the challenges of living with the loss of their central vision.

The Association for Macular Diseases, Inc.

Address:
210 East 64th Street
New York, NY  10021
Phone:
(212) 605-3719
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The Association for Macular Diseases offers support to individuals with macular disease, their caregivers, and the professional community. The Association provides resources and assistance while promoting research and education.

The Glaucoma Foundation

Address:
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 700
New York, NY  10038
Phone:
(212) 285-0880
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The mission of The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) is to fund groundbreaking research and to educate the public about the disease and the importance of early detection to prevent blindness. TGF is one of the premier not-for-profit organizations dedicated to eradicating blindness from glaucoma through vital research and education.

American Diabetes Association

Address:
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA  22311-1717
Phone:
(703) 549-1500
(800) 342-2383 (Toll Free)
(703) 549-6995 (Fax)
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The nationís leading voluntary health agency providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. Patient assistance is offered in many different areas, including general information about diabetes, nutrition, exercise, treatment, and referrals to diabetes medical professionals. The association also conducts a variety of patient activities including educational seminars and workshops, culturally diverse programs, support groups, and youth programs.

Optometric Physicians of Washington

Address:
555 116th Ave. NE, #166
Bellevue, WA  98004-5205
Phone:
(425) 455-0874
(425) 646-9646 (Fax)
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he Optometric Physicians of Washington (OPW) is the professional association of Washington State optometric physicians affiliated with the American Optometric Association. The OPW is comprised of approximately 450 private, corporate and HMO optometric physicians. The mission of the Optometric Physicians of Washington is to enhance the vision care and eye health of the public

AMD Alliance International

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AMD Alliance International strives to bring knowledge, help and hope to individuals and families around the world affected by AMD. Our mission is accomplished through: generating awareness and understanding of age-related macular degeneration; promoting the importance of education, early detection, knowledge of treatment and rehabilitation options; and preserving vision and improving the quality of life of individuals affected by age-related macular degeneration.

Low Vision Gateway

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The Low Vision Gateway was created to be your starting point to access information and resources on the World Wide Web related to the fields of vision loss, vision impairment, blindness, low vision aids, and low vision rehabilitatiom.

Macular Degeneration International

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(800) 683-5555 (Toll Free)
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Macular Degeneration International (MDI) has become a support organization for The Foundation Fighting Blindness which combines the strength of The Foundationís research mission to find treatments and cures for Macular Degeneration with MDIís mission to help people lead independent and rewarding lives.