June is Vision Research Month
Many organizations and scholarly journals support the research done by clinicians and academicians to improve our knowledge about human and animal eyes and how they function. Vision Research was advanced by the founding of the National Eye Institute under the National Institutes of Health in 1968. The NEI’s 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.1" You can visit the NEI website to learn more about current clinical trials, becoming a trial participant and more about eye health.
Some Organizations Supporting Vision Research (listed alphabetically):
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS)
American Society of Retinal Specialists
ARVO Foundation for Eye Research
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology
Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
National Eye Institute
Prevent Blindness America
Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
In our state, we are fortunate to have the Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (VSEPS formerly known as the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology or VSO) advancing research, education and community service locally.
Your local eye physicians also support vision research and stay up-to-date on current diagnosis, research including genetic tests and treatments for the best care of your eyes.
Also, remember your UV eye protection during these hot summer months!
1Source: National Eye Institute