Foundation Fighting Blindness

For many years, people with retinal degenerative diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Usher syndrome, and Stargardt disease have been frequently told by their eye care professionals that “there’s nothing we can do.”
Researchers funded by the Foundation Fighting Blindness are moving promising treatments and cures into human studies, and in the not-too-distant future, there are likely to be therapies that will enable eye care professionals to better treat many retinal degenerative diseases.

Over the past two years, more than 20 people who were nearly blind from a severe form of retinitis pigmentosa known as Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) have had significant vision restored thanks to three landmark Phase I clinical trials of gene therapy. This breakthrough has received media attention and scientific accolades from around the world.


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