Much of our ophthalmologic research is conceived and researched within our brand new Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration. The center was born from an extremely generous seed gift from a close friend of the Eye & Ear Foundation, Louis J. Fox, of $3 million. Legally blind himself, Mr. Fox made his gift because he believes in the hope of restoring lost vision and improving quality of life for people who suffer lost or severely impaired sight.
Unveiled on June 18, 2009, The Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh is the first, national, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary research and clinical program dedicated to ocular regenerative medicine. Our mission at the Fox Center is to focus on the restoration of sight through tissue regeneration, transplantation, and technology. We work to optimize the quality of life for those challenged by vision loss, insuring individuals and their loved ones that they are not alone in addressing this challenge. Specializing in the most common and important disease areas associated with vision loss including macular degeneration (retinal degenerations including macular degeneration, retinal vein and artery occlusion), glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, optic nerve disorders, corneal scarring, ocular trauma, and sensory substitution, the Fox Center has made some astounding and revolutionary breakthroughs, working towards our long term objective of discovering and developing new cures for blindness and impairment.