New England Eye Center - Advanced Eye Care

Research to Prevent Blindness
Awards $100,000/Yr Grant
to New England Eye Center

Grant to Support Research and Treatments
for Preventing Eye Disease and Blindness

BOSTON, MA June 22, 2010 – New England Eye Center, the Ophthalmology Department at RBP LogoTufts Medical Center and the principle ophthalmic teaching service for the Tufts University School of Medicine, has been awarded a $100,000 a year grant to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of blinding diseases. The research will be directed by Jay S. Duker, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology. Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) is the world’s leading voluntary organization supporting eye research. To date, the organization has awarded grants totaling $3,093,697 to the Department of Ophthalmology at the Tufts University School of Medicine.

“We are excited that the Research to Prevent Blindness organization has continued their commitment in our eye research,” said New England Eye Center Director Jay S. Duker, M.D., who also is Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine. “RPB is an extremely important partner to New England Eye Center. We have some of the leading researchers in the country working full-time towards the treatment and prevention of blindness and are making great strides.”

Since it was founded in 1960, RPB has channeled hundreds of millions of dollars to medical institutions throughout the United States for research into all blinding eye diseases. The organization has long had a relationship with Tufts University School of Medicine and the New England Eye Center. For information on RPB, RPB-funded research, eye disorders and the RPB Grants Program, go to www.rpbusa.org.

About New England Eye Center

New England Eye Center (NEEC) is located in the heart of Boston’s Theater district above the Wang Center and is affiliated with the Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. NEEC offers a full range of comprehensive ophthalmology including treatments for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, pediatric ophthalmology and aesthetic surgery. NEEC is also a leading provider of Laser Vision Correction in New England offering a full range of vision correction procedures for all types of eye conditions.

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Contact: William R. Sacco, New England Eye Center
(617) 636-1055 or wsacco@tuftsmedicalcenter.org