Fighting Blindness Canada invests in cutting-edge research to develop new innovative treatments for blinding eye diseases and is committed to ensuring that those treatments reach the people who need them.
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How does the eye work?
Developmental problems, injury, or breakdown of any part of the eye can lead to changes in vision and vision loss. Each part of the eye works to turn light into images. If one or more parts of the eye are not working properly, the light information that our brain receives may change or not arrive at all.
Did you know over 8 million Canadians are living with a blinding eye disease that puts them at risk of blindness? Already 1.2 million are living with uncorrectable vision loss. By 2050, these numbers will grow to 13.8 million who are living with a blinding eye disease, and 2 million who will be living with uncorrectable vision loss.
But this doesn’t have to happen. Already, research has discovered and delivered treatments that 3 out of 4 people, if diagnosed early, can stabilize their sight.
The cost of vision loss and blindness in Canada was $39.2 billion in 2019. It’s estimated that by 2050 the cost will be $56 billion (unadjusted for inflation).
That’s why it’s so important to champion the development and delivery of safe and effective treatments and cures for vision loss in Canada. On this page, you’ll find information about our work to bring new treatments and cures to Canadians, and opportunities to support our efforts.
Fighting Blindness Canada is supported by an incredible, nationwide community of fundraisers and volunteers determined to restore sight. From participating in one of our three signature events, to creating and hosting your own unique fundraiser, we encourage anyone interested in supporting research to get involved and help change the future for individuals and families living with vision loss.
View Point is a virtual education series that brings you the latest information about vision health and research. In 2021, we will be exploring topics including AMD, glaucoma, inherited retinal diseases, gene therapy, diabetes, and caregiving.
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