The Retina Foundation of the Southwest is making a difference in the lives of children and adults living with devastating eye diseases and conditions. We have five laboratories participating in more than 35 clinical research studies and providing more than 2,000 vision assessments each year completely free of charge. Our evaluations are unique because many of our testing methods are only available at our facility in Dallas, Texas. Patients are referred by local ophthalmologists to help in the diagnosis and treatment of their vision loss. Our goal is to continue advancing sight saving treatments to make a lifetime of good vision a reality for everyone.
The mission of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest is to prevent vision loss and restore sight through innovative research and treatment.
The first day of vision research at the Retina Foundation of the Southwest was July 1, 1982 after a nation-wide search was conducted and Dr. David Birch, from Harvard, and Dr. Eileen Birch, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), were hired on as our first Scientific Directors. Drs. Birch have dedicated their lives to conducting sight-saving research. Since 1982, the Retina Foundation of the Southwest has made many ground-breaking discoveries for the way the world understands, prevents, and treats vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration, pediatric eye conditions, and inherited eye diseases.
We conduct research in Dallas, Texas and work with partners across the nation and around the globe. Our discoveries advance eye care worldwide.
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