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Humanitarian Eye Care Organizations

This year consider making a donation to a charitable or humanitarian organization focused on helping people see and cope with vision loss. If you have a favorite humanitarian or charitable organization that you’d like to see added to the list, leave it in the comments with a brief summary for others to see.

The OPC

The OPC is an international NGO working in the field of eye health and has been an expert in ophthalmology since it was founded in 1978. The charity works to preserve the sight of as many people as possible in deprived populations of French-speaking developing countries. Thus millions of people do not lose their sight or have recovered their sight and can continue their social and professional lives whilst remaining autonomous and independent.
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Lighthouse International

Since 1905, Lighthouse International has led the charge in the fight against vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. Founders, Winifred and Edith Holt, blazed a trail of firsts and opened up new doors of opportunity for people without sight. Today, they’re proud to continue the Holt legacy on behalf of all those who look to the Lighthouse as a beacon of hope today — and will for many years to come.
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American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential. As a national nonprofit with offices in five US cities, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a leader in expanding possibilities for the more than 20 million Americans living with vision loss.
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National Keratoconus Foundation

The National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) is an outreach program of the Discovery Eye Foundation, a non-profit organization. The NKCF is dedicated to increasing the awareness and understanding of keratoconus and the support of scientific research into the cause and treatment of keratoconus.
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Vision Aware

VisionAware combines two stand-alone resources from AFB and Partners for Sight (Senior Site and the former VisionAware) into a single, comprehensive website offering dynamic social networking and customized guidance for adults of all ages with rich content and practical tips on living with vision loss.
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The Vision of Children Foundation

The Vision of Children Foundation was formed in 1991 after co-founders, Sam & Vivian Hardage, were told their son had ocular albinism… and there was no treatment, no cure, and no hope. From early, basic science research, the Foundation has evolved into an organization that has driven science to the horizon of actually restoring vision to children who cannot see. Currently, they are funding research that will potentially re-grow damaged vision receptors in the back of the eye and reattach them to the vision center of the brain! The science is there to give children their vision back, and the next few years should yield groundbreaking results.
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BrightFocus Foundation

BrightFocus Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting research and providing public education to help eradicate brain and eye diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. They are working to save mind and sight.

BrightFocus is at the forefront of brain and eye health, advancing early-stage, investigator-initiated research around the world. They also provide free educational materials to people affected by or interested in these diseases, empowering them to take action for themselves and others. They can take advantage of news and research results offered through BrightFocus websites, publications, social media, videos, podcasts, and TV and radio public service announcements.
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Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity

The primary mission of VOSH/International is to facilitate the provision and the sustainability of vision care worldwide for people who can neither afford nor obtain such care. In Dec 2001 they partnered with the World Health Organization and pledged to eliminate preventable blindness by the year 2020
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Foundation Fighting Blindness

The 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.
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National Eye Foundation

The National Eye Foundation believes that education and prevention is the key to maintaining healthy eye sight. Their staff is dedicated to teaching kids and adults how to care for their eyesight by taking simple steps like how to avoid computer eye strain, the importance of wearing sunglasses, and other preventative tools. By collaborating with optical and pharmaceutical industry leaders, NEF is able to provide high quality eye care and exams utilizing state-of-the-art optical technology and telecommunications.
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RestoringVision

RestoringVision.org is a non-profit which sources New Reading Glasses and Sunglasses (only) and supplies them at a nominal charge to two distinct groups; groups going on missions to developing countries and domestic groups serving the underprivileged. Since our inception in late 2003, we have supplied over 2,000,000 glasses to people in 75 countries around the world and have worked with over 750 different mission groups.
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