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Sight is vital to our health and well-being.

In fact, people fear vision loss more than losing hearing, memory, speech or even a limb. Vision research is helping every day — producing exciting new insights about eye disease, developing innovations to restore sight, and driving clinical breakthroughs that are helping all of us see the future more clearly.

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DED can cause pain, blurriness, and inflammation, can even injure your cornea, and recent studies demonstrate that the damage doesn’t stop there. They reveal that individuals with DED find it harder to perform simple tasks such driving or getting dressed; experience significant pain that interferes with social relationships; and report increased anxiety, depression, and poor overall health. Experts estimate that more than 340 million adults globally and 34 million in the United States live with this condition.

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Lotfi Merabet, OD, PhD, MPH, is a clinician scientist and a member of the Vision Rehabilitation Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. His research focuses on diagnosis and rehabilitation approaches for children with cerebral visual impairment (CVI) and how the brain changes due to ocular or cerebral causes of blindness.

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Prevent Blindness Focus on Eye Health National Summit: Our Changing Vision

On July 14-15, 2021, Prevent Blindness will host the virtual Focus on Eye Health National Summit. On the theme of Our Changing Vision, the agenda will celebrate the key vision advancements that have occurred during the 10 years the summit has convened, and look ahead to leading advancements, policies, and social issues that will shape how we approach eye health for the coming decade.

To learn more and register, please click here.


As NIH Director Frances Collins put it, “Due to the architecture, accessibility, and the elegance of the eye, vision research has always been a few steps ahead in biomedical research.”

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