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Retina Foundation of the Southwest

Who We Are

 The Retina Foundation of the Southwest, established in 1975, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit vision research institute dedicated to preventing vision loss and restoring sight through innovative research and treatment. Our scientists are leading the way the world understands, prevents, …

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration

The Retina Foundation is pioneering research to develop new technologies to prevent vision loss and restore sight through early detection and treatment of AMD. Our approach is integrating the expertise of scientists, medical doctors and engineers to create cutting-edge treatments to meet the direct needs of patients affected by AMD...

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Pediatric Eye Conditions

Our research aims to improve vision for children affected by pediatric eye conditions. Vision loss during childhood can impact a child's ability to learn important skills for growth, development and independence. 51% of the patients served by the Retina Foundation are children with a pediatric eye condition. ..

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Inherited Eye Diseases

We are world renowned for 38 years of translational research in retinal degeneration, where discoveries in the laboratory are directly transferred to patients in clinical studies. Biotech and pharmaceutical companies partner with the Retina Foundation because of our expertise in clinical trial procedures, which in turn accelerates the delivery of treatments to the patients who need it...

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Hawes Family Photo - Mom, Dad, four sons, and a dog sitting outside and smiling. Both parents wearing glasses.

A Family Forever Changed by Research

December 7, 2020 Written by: Aaron Hawes Hello, my name is Aaron Hawes. I have been a patient at the Retina Foundation for all but the very first few weeks of my life, but even before I was a patient, the …

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Choroideremia Research Is Necessary to Help Prevent Blindness at an Early Age

June 16, 2020 Choroideremia is an X-linked, recessive, inherited retinal disorder that affects 1 in 50,000 individuals. X-linked refers to the X chromosome, which is one of the chromosomes that determines gender. Females receive an X chromosome from each parent; …


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