The Vision Preservation Research Fund has been established for the purpose of supporting research into ways of improving the prevention, detection, management and treatment of diseases that reduce vision.
Vision loss has a serious impact on the quality of life by reducing the ability to enjoy activities that depend on the preservation of vision, such as reading, driving safely and living independently.
Cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, keratoconus, myopic degeneration, blood pressure or diabetes-related eye diseases, dry eyes or eyes that water excessively are major problems that can all reduce the quality of life.
A major limitation to the research activity required to examine better ways to preserve vision is lack of funding. Many studies are not attempted because of funding limitations.
Many completed studies show promising findings. However, further research is often required to determine how those findings can be best used to help preserve vision.
Sadly, the funding required to support these additional studies is very limited and, as a consequence, that necessary follow-up research is delayed. Sometimes the delay is indefinite.
How can you help?
We have produced a brochure which aims to encourage your patients to donate to this fund and we ask that you support our research efforts by making this brochure available to your patients in your waiting room.
We are asking for your help to champion our cause of vision preservation. We ask that you make the information available and should a patient raise the topic with you, discuss the relationship between vision loss and quality of life and how the School of Optometry and Vision Science is doing exciting research into improved vision for everyone.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation you can do so online here or by completing this form.
Alternatively, if you would like 100 brochures for your waiting room you can request copies by emailing the School here or by calling the School on +61 2 9385 4639 indicating the address to which the brochures should be sent.